Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland competes in his men's singles first round match against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Quee
Swiss wildcard Stan Wawrinka conjured up some of his old U.S. Open magic on Monday, sweeping past eighth seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 6-2 7-5 to kick-off action at Arthur Ashe Stadium with an upset.
After winning the U.S. Open in 2016 Wawrinka was unable to defend his title last year following two surgeries on his left knee. But the Swiss, 101st in the world rankings, looked right at home on a steamy Monday as he opened his account with a ruthless performance against one of the title contenders.
It marked the second consecutive Grand Slam that Wawrinka had drawn Dimitrov, the 33-year-old Swiss rallying from a set down in an opening round meeting at Wimbledon to snap a four match losing run to the Bulgarian.
The last time Wawrinka had appeared on Arthur Ashe he battled his way to a four-set victory over then world number one Novak Djokovic to capture his third career Grand Slam title.
There was no such drama against Dimitrov as Wawrinka was in control from the start, his opponent managing only a single break from eight chances.
Elsewhere third seed Juan Martin del Potro made it through to the second round in comfortable fashion as he defeated Donald Young 6-0, 6-3, 6-0.
Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina celebrates after defeating Donald Young (out of frame) of US during their 2018 US Open men's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 27, 2018.
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Last year's runner-up Kevin Anderson is also through although he had to fight back from two sets down against Ryan Harrison to win 7-6(4), 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Anderson took the opening set but Harrison then won two in a row to leave the South African struggling.
However the big server kept his composure to progress to the next round.
No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. David Ferrer, 6-3, 3-4 (ret.)
No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro def. Donald Young, 6-0, 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 Kevin Anderson def. Ryan Harrison, 7-6(4), 5-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Stan Wawrinka def. No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5