Thiem falls to fabbiano

Fourth seed goes down in the US Open first round
Thomas Fabbiano
Thomas Fabbiano

New York

Dominic Thiem’s latest bid for Grand Slam glory came to an abrupt end at the US Open when he fell to unseeded Italian Thomas Fabbiano 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 in a shock first-round exit.

The fourth-seeded Austrian’s blistering serve yielded 14 aces but it was not enough to overcome the 30-year-old Fabbiano, whose fearsome forehand helped him save nine out of the 10 break points he faced. Thiem did himself no favours, committing 48 unforced errors during the match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, 28 more than his opponent.

“I beat a top-10 guy in Wimbledon and another one here,” said Fabbiano, who upset World No.8 Stefanos Tsitsipas in their first-round meeting at the All England Club in July. “I’m starting to like to play these big matches and my game is getting better and better.”

Rublev sends Tsitsipas packing

Russian Andrey Rublev used a steady stream of power from the baseline to upset eighth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 7-5 and reach the second round.

World No. 43 Rublev, who two weeks ago earned the biggest win of his career when he beat Roger Federer in the third round at Cincinnati, attacked Tsitsipas with a barrage of all-in forehands and broke his opponent five times. Rublev displayed near flawless judgment and while Tsitsipas tried to lure him off the baseline, the Russian stuck to his game plan to prevail in a battle of 21-year-olds that lasted nearly four hours.

Pospisil stuns Khachanov 

Vasek Pospisil secured his first win of the season as the Canadian stunned ninth-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Pospisil, who has fallen to 216th in the world rankings, fired 15 aces and broke Khachanov four times during the near four-hour encounter. Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin sent tenth seed Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) home by beating him 3-6, 6-1,6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Bautista Agut, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last month, was broken seven times by Kukushkin as he exited the year’s final Grand Slam in the opening round for a second consecutive year.

Nadal sails into second round

Three-time champion Rafael Nadal denied John Millman any chance of posting another fairytale run in New York as he cruised into the next round with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory.

Millman delivered the upset of the tournament last year when he defeated five-time winner Roger Federer in a surprising run to the quarter-finals. But he was unable to recreate the same magic against the relentless Spaniard.

Australian Nick Kyrgios came up with heaps of brilliant shot-making and a sprinkle of controversy in a 6-3, 7-6(1), 6-4 win over local lad Steve Johnson. He landed in more trouble when he accused ATP of being ‘corrupt’ in the post-match presentation.

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