Now that the first round of the U.S. Open is over, let’s take a look at how some of the top seeded men fared in their opening matches.

 

Novak Djokovic (1) needed four sets to dispatch Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Janowicz hit more winners than Djokovic (41 to 34), but played a much sloppier match (59 unforced errors to 18).

Next match: Wednesday vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE)

 

Andy Murray (2) closed out the first round with a straight set win (6-3, 6-2, 6-2) over Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic on Tuesday night. It was an imposing performance by Murray, dominating the match in total points won, 92- 61. For Rosol, his serve let him down, as he only won on 32% of his second serves to go with eight double faults.

Next match: Thursday vs. Marcel Granollers (ESP)

 

Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka (3) drew a tough first round matchup in Fernando Verdasco of Spain but nevertheless forged ahead with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-4 triumph. It was a competitive match that came down to Wawrinka capitalizing on his break point chances (2/5) while Verdasco could not (0/4).

Next match: Thursday vs. Alessandro Giannessi (ITA)

 

Rafael Nadal (4) made it through to the second round after handling Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. It was a workman-like performance for Nadal, who has battled back from injuries that forced him out of Wimbledon earlier this summer. The Spaniard’s efficiency at the net (15/18, 83%) was particularly impressive.

Next match: Wednesday vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA)

 

Milos Raonic (5) of Canada beat Germany’s Dustin Brown 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. It was a quick match, only taking one hour and 43 minutes to complete. The 25-year old Raonic overwhelmed his competition with 15 aces.

Next match: Wednesday vs. Ryan Harrison (USA)

Joe Frieden is a staff writer covering the NBA and tennis for The Sports Blaze. Follow him on Twitter @SoFlaKing.

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Joe Frieden is a writer and content provider. A native South Floridian, he quickly developed an affinity for sports. He went on to attend Florida State University, where his passion was strengthened by the school's immense sports culture. Now back in South Florida, Joe loves to take advantage of the area's beautiful weather while keeping his finger on the pulse of the teams he grew up loving.

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