Kyle Edmund suffers costly US Open defeat, but Alexander Zverev battles to first-round win
Kyle Edmund’s woes have continued after he was dumped out of the US Open in the first round, with eighth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas also failing.
Dominic Thiem, the fourth seed also failed on a day of shocks in New York, but sixth seed Alexander Zverev has managed to advance.
Edmund’s defeat, a 3-6, 7-6, 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 loss to Pablo Andujar looks like being the most costly, with the Brit likely to drop out of the world’s top 32 as a result, meaning he will no longer be seeded in tournaments.
Tsitsipas, meanwhile, lost to Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (9-7), 7-5, and Thiem fell to Thomas Fabbiano.
There was better news for Zverev, who battled to a 6-1, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2 win over Radu Albot to get his US Open campaign up-and-running.
“I’m happy to win. Full stop,” Zverev said. “Obviously against a player like Radu, he’s somebody who picks up his level and it’s never going to be easy.
“He’s one of the toughest players we have. I’m just happy to get through.”
Frances Tiafoe is also through after beating veteran Ivo Karlovic, who retired hurt miday through the third set whilst trailing 0-2.
“I returned unbelievable today,” said Tiafoe. “I’m sad to see [Ivo] feel that way, but I’ll take it.
“I’ve got some days to relax here after the event, but I have my eyes on the prize now.”
Exclusive – New ITF World Tennis Number set to revolutionise the game around the globe
Britain’s LTA has played a leading role in the development of the new ITF World Tennis Number.
Rafael Nadal following a very ‘specific plan’ following foot injury as he provides fitness update
“You have to be a little cautious, look a little in the medium term.”
WATCH: Tennis’ rooftop stars spend time at Rafa Nadal Academy as Roger Federer keeps his promise
Roger Federer keeps his promise as youngsters spend time at Rafa Nadal Academy.
Stefanos Tsitsipas explains how he dug himself out of the ‘red zone’ to see off Alex de Minaur in Indian Wells
“I had to go through so many difficulties in order to find a solution,” says Tsitsipas.
Andy Murray on tennis’ vaccination dilemma ahead of Australian Open: ‘I hope more players get it done’
“I support vaccination,” says Andy Murray.
Leylah Fernandez’s schedule for rest of 2021 up in the air with only Billie Jean King Cup Finals pencilled in
Leylah Fernandez “very grateful for what has happened this year”.
Aggressive tactics pay off for Victoria Azarenka as she wins ‘high-quality match’ against Jessica Pegula
It’s Victoria Azarenka vs Jelena Ostapenko in the semi-finals.
US Open champion Daniil Medvedev is beaten as Cameron Norrie closes in on remarkable stat
US Open champion Daniil Medvedev crashed out of the BNP Paribas Open.
Rafael Nadal fans getting very excited as images emerge of his return to action
Nadal has taken his first tentative steps back onto the tennis court as he looks to get in shape ahead of the 2022 season
WATCH: Stefanos Tsitsipas and Fabio Fognini in heated exchange as accusations fly
Stefanos Tsitsipas was pushed all the way by Italy’s Fabio Fognini but held on for a 2-6 6-3 6-4 win.