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US Open 2018: Men's Round-Up: Nick Kyrios and Alex Zverev through on Day 2

Men's Round-Up: Kyrgios and Zverev through on Day 2
By Eurosport

29/08/2018 at 04:41Updated 29/08/2018 at 07:54

Nick Kyrgios sweated out a 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-2 win over Radu Albot to reach the second round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday then the fiery Australian put the heat on officials to come up with a extreme conditions rule instead of making one up on the fly.

With temperatures soaring above 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) amid crushing humidity, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) said a 10-minute heat break granted to women players before a third set would be extended to the men.

Despite playing his opener in the evening after the worst of the ferocious heat had subsided, Kyrgios said conditions remained brutal inside the Louis Armstrong Stadium and it was time players raised the issue with officials.

"The heat can become dangerous at times and I don't think we had a heat rule and we made one up today, right," the 30th seed told reporters. "That's just ridiculous.

Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns the ball during his men's singles first round match against Radu Albot of Moldova on Day Two of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Q

Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns the ball during his men's singles first round match against Radu Albot of Moldova on Day Two of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the QGetty Images

"I think we should have a heat rule, it's not healthy to be out there getting dizzy and stuff and the poor ball kids out there. There should definitely be a heat rule looked at and put into place."

Fourth seed Alexander Zverev hardly broke sweat despite the sweltering heat on Tuesday as the German dispatched Canadian lucky loser Peter Polansky 6-2 6-1 6-2 in a first-round match that lasted just over an hour and a half.

The 21-year-old won 83 percent of his first serves, fired 10 aces and never faced a break point as he cruised past Polansky and set up a second-round showdown with Nicolas Mahut of France.

Diego Schwartzman defeated fellow Argentine Federico Delbonis as well on Day 2.

The 13th seed did not have the tie his own way, though.

While Schwartzman won in straight sets, he was taken to a tie break in the second set, but held his nerve.

Diego Schwartzman of Argentina returns the ball during his men’s singles first round match against Federico Delbonis of Argentina on Day Two of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighbo

Diego Schwartzman of Argentina returns the ball during his men’s singles first round match against Federico Delbonis of Argentina on Day Two of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighboGetty Images

In the end he took the match 6-2 7-6 (8-6) 6-2.

Marin Cilic clinched a second-round berth at the U.S. Open after opponent Marius Copil of Romania retired hurt in the third set trailing the seventh-ranked Croat 7-5 6-1 1-1 on Tuesday.

Cilic, who was champion in 2014, was cruising against Copil, who quit with a left-arm strain, according to a USTA official.

The match took place in heat and humidity, as temperatures climbed above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), battering players across Flushing Meadows.

Seventh seed Cilic, who said it was "one of the most brutal days that we had so far this year," told reporters the heat, plus the pressure of the shot clock introduced at the tournament this year, had proved challenging.

"I was just missing some easy balls, making some unforced errors that are not that usual for me," Cilic said, referring to his performance early in the match. "Conditions definitely were extremely tough and very humid, very hot."

RESULTS

  • No. 2 Roger Federer def. Yoshihito Nishioka, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4
  • No. 4 Alexander Zverev def. Peter Polansky, 6-2, 6-1, 6-2
  • No. 6 Novak Djokovic def. Marton Fucsovics, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
  • No. 7 Marin Cilic def. Marius Copil, 7-5, 6-1, 1-1 (ret.)
  • No. 10 David Goffin def. Federico Gaio, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(5)
  • No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta def. Malek Jaziri, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2
  • No. 13 Diego Schwartzman def. Federico Delbonis, 6-2, 7-6(6), 6-2
  • No. 14 Fabio Fognini def. Michael Mmoh, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(4)
  • No. 17 Lucas Pouille def. Yannick Maden, 7-6(6), 6-2, 7-5
  • No. 21 Kei Nishikori def. Maximilian Marterer, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
  • Julien Benneteau def. No. 22 Marco Cecchinato, 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-4
  • No. 23 Hyeon Chung def. Ricardas Berankis, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-0, 6-2
  • No. 26 Richard Gasquet def. Yuichi Sugita, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
  • Frances Tiafoe def. No. 29 Adrian Mannarino, 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
  • No. 30 Nick Kyrgios def. Radu Albot, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Matthew Ebden def. No. 32 Filip Krajinovic, 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 4-6, 6-1, 4-1 (ret.)
  • Gael Monfils def. Facundo Bagnis, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-0, 6-0
  • John Millman def. Jenson Brooksby, 6-4, 6-2, 6-0
  • Marcos Baghdatis def. MIkhail Youzhny, 6-4, 6-4, 2-6, 3-1 (ret.)
  • MIkhail Kukushkin def. Noah Rubin, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(3)
  • Benoit Paire def. Dennis Novak, 7-6(6), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)
  • Joao Sousa def. Marcel Granollers, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
  • Tennys Sandgren def. Viktor Troicki, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
  • Philipp Kohlschreiber def. Yannick Hanfmann, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
  • Jan-Lennard Struff def. Tim Smyczek, 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-3
  • Robin Haase def. Mackenzie McDonald, 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 1-6, 3-6
  • Alex de Minaur def. Taro Daniel, 6-0, 6-1, 6-2
  • Hubert Hurkacz def. Stefano Travaglia, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(6), 3-0 (ret.)
  • Jaume Munar def. Ruben Bemelmans, 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-1
  • Nicolas Mahut def. Corentin Moutet, 6-2, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
  • Pierre-Hugues Herbert def. Yuki Bhambri, 6-3, 7-6(3), 7-5
  • Laslo Djere def. Leonardo Mayer, 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 2-1 (ret.)
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