US Open day one: Plenty of respect for ‘legend’ Andy Murray while Naomi Osaka is all smiles
Andy Murray rolled back the years as he agonisingly lost out to third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas on a sensational opening day at the US Open.
The former world No 1 pushed Tsitsipas all the way in a five-set marathon, but was left frustrated by the Greek’s lengthy bathroom breaks and made his feelings clear afterwards.
It was a tough day for the British contingent with only Dan Evans making it through.
Meanwhile, Naomi Osaka got her title defence up and running with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Marie Bouzkova.
Here, we look back at day one at the US Open.
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— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 30, 2021
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Murray is such a legend. However, this turns out, the fact that he’s going after the number 3 player in the world after all of it is insane. He literally has a metal hip ….. respect
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) August 30, 2021
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Murray’s defeat was quickly followed by Cameron Norrie going down in straight sets to Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz. Johanna Konta’s withdrawal through injury pre-empted a miserable day for Britain’s women with Heather Watson and Harriet Dart departing. But Dan Evans made it through, beating Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro 6-3 7-6 (6) 6-4 6-1.
Men: John Isner (19), Ugo Humbert (23), Cameron Norrie (26), Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (29), Marin Cilic (30)
Women: Yulia Putintseva (31)
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