RAFAEL NADAL WON in straight sets at the US Open, but it took almost three hours and two tie-breakers for him to dispatch ninety-third ranked Teymuraz Gabashvili overnight in New York.
Nadal is top seed in the men’s tournament, but the US Open is the only Grand Slam title he has never won. An unconvincing win over unfancied Russian Gabashvili will do little to dissuade doubts over his ability to win this year.
David Nalbandian and Novak Djokovic both also progressed from their matches, while Women’s number one seed Caroline Wozniacki defeated NCAA singles champion Chelsey Gullickson.
The twenty-year old Dane dropped just two games against Gullickson, winning 6-1 6-1. The only upset of the day came as Andrea Petkovic unexpectedly beat number seventeen seed Nadia Petrova 6-2, 4-6, 7-6.