NEW YORK – Defender Rafael Nadal's only vestige of a problem in his second round win at the US Open was a warning to run off the 25-second markup.
And Nadal was convinced that even that was not true
Nadal won 46 out of 55 points on Wednesday night at the Arthur Ashe Stadium and wounded Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
In two games at the US Open, Andy Murray showed insights into what made him the best player in the world. But after he has a hip operation behind him in January, the Scot plays after an early exit in New York against the unknown.
Following his second-round loss to Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday at the US Open, Andy Murray did not ask tournament officials to abandon the rule that players should not talk to their coaches during the 10-minute heat break to enforce.
Sisters Serena and Venus Williams meet on Friday in the third round of the US Open.
The Serve watches make their Grand Slam debut in Flushing Meadows, and people were curious if this would impact Nadal, who is known for taking his time. When he won 2-1 in the final set, he drew a warning from the chair umpire because the 25 seconds had expired. Nadal was convinced that the only reason he stopped was when Pospisil briefly put up a hand to ask him to wait. Anyway, the two-hour victory was over soon after.
Earlier in the day, Andy Murray saw his return to the US Open end after only two rounds.
The 2012 champion was eliminated by No. 31 Seed Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. The Spaniard meets a second defending champion in Flushing Meadows when he meets Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion, in the third round.
Murray has missed the tournament last year because of a hip injury and has not even considered himself a challenger this year because of his lack of preparation.
Verdasco won for the second time in 15 career meetings with Murray, who had several chances even to contest the final game of a 64-minute final before the left-hander
"I think some of the tennis games I played today Some of the best I have played since my operation or since my return have been, "said Murray. "But there were times in the game, especially in the first set, where I really did not play very well, I made a lot of mistakes when I was in that set, I feel I should have." won the first set and did not.
"Then, in the end, when I ran back against the wall, I had a good tennis to make it very close and interesting in the end and almost brought me back, you know, there were too many heights and lows for my taste. "
Del Potro, winner of 2009, beat the American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (4).
Meanwhile, Stan Wawrinka scored his US Open winning streak until nine. he defeated French qualifier Ugo Humbert to reach the third round.
Wawrinka, the 2016 champion who missed the Grand Slam tournament last year due to two knee surgery, won 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3. 7-5: Milos Raonic from Canada takes 25th place in round three of the third round.
Raonic swept past Gilles Simon of France (6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
reached John Isner ) the third round for the seventh consecutive year, hit 38 aces to come back and rank 42nd Nicolas Jarry of Chile 6-7 (7), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6 -4. 11-year-old Isner is the best-placed American in New York for the seventh time in a row, but only made it once in the fourth round in that range.
He broke Jarry for the second and final time at 4 – all in the fifth set to beat a backhand praise winner take this game.
After playing the win, Isner crossed over and hit the palms with the spectators in the front row.
Later that evening, Jack Socks continued to rank # 18 with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (3) second-round loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Socke, a 25-year-old American, ended a seven-man main draw losing streak by winning in the first round. But his loss to 37-ranked Basilashvili means Sock has still not won two consecutive games all year.
Socks record for 2018 is 6-16.
It was a surprisingly early exit for the 20-year-old Greek after his strong hard-court season. He had 64 casual mistakes against only 27 winners in the match, which lasted 2 hours and 48 minutes.
Tsitsipas beat four top-10 opponents in Toronto – making him the youngest player since starting the 1990 ATP World Tour – before losing to Nadal in the final. He also reached the semi-final in Washington and entered the US Open as the best-seated debutant since . 13.
No. Kevin Anderson, last year's runner-up, was a lightweight winner and ninth-placed Dominic Thiem drew a five-set win over American Steve Johnson.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.