News from 34 week 2012 : 20 August 2012 to 26 August

NEW YORK — Milos Raonic had trouble at the baseline, but still earned his first US Open victory.

The Thornhill, Ont., native overcame 55 unforced errors including 15 double faults on Tuesday to defeat Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Raonic, the No. 15 seed, earned his 34th victory of the season in a match that lasted well over three hours.

“I’m just happy with the outcome and that I managed to make the most of that moment and just find a way to win,” said Raonic. “Everything else I’ve got to hope gets better in the next round.”

Defending champ and two-time runner- up Novak Djokovic and former champion Andy Roddick were routine first-round winners Tuesday at the U.S. Open.

The second-seeded Djokovic walloped Italian Paolo Lorenzi, 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 during the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was a repeat performance for the Serbian against Lorenzi, who was ousted in only 73 minutes.

The 20th-seeded Roddick, a former world No. 1, handled 21-year-old American qualifier Rhyne Williams 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 at Ashe Stadium. The big-serving Roddick fired 20 aces en route to the second round.

Roddick, who turns 30 Thursday, captured his lone Grand Slam title at the 2003 U.S. Open and was the 2006 runner-up in New York.

Fifth-seeded former Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga got past Slovak Karol Beck 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) in an error-filled match, while sixth- seeded Czech and former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych handled promising Belgian David Goffin, making his U.S. Open debut, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. The French Tsonga was a U.S. Open quarterfinalist last year.

Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez upset 10th-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco, 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-3).

Meanwhile, 11th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro held off Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-4; 14th-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine rallied to beat American Jesse Levine, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2; and 15th- seeded rising Canadian Milos Raonic launched 30 aces in going the distance to stave off game Colombian Santiago Giraldo in five sets, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, in 3 hours, 25 minutes. This marked Raonic’s first-ever win in the main draw at the U.S. Open.

Also Tuesday, 18th-seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka overcame Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 6-2.

Tall American Sam Querrey, seeded 27th at this fortnight, swatted 21 aces and came from behind to beat Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in just over three hours.

Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who lost in the first round in his three previous trips to the U.S. Open, won a five-setter against Germany’s Matthias Bachinger, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-5).

Also advancing on Day 2 were, No. 31 seed Julien Benneteau of France, Taiwan’s Jimmy Wang, Belgian Steve Darcis, Spaniard Pablo Andujar, German Philipp Petzschner, Bernard Tomic, Fabio Fognini, Rogerio Dutra Silva, and Russian- born American Dennis Novikov, who bested 6-foot-8 Pole Jerzy Janowicz 6-2, 7-6 (8-6), 3-6, 6-3. Novikov plays collegiate tennis at UCLA.

News from 34 week 2012 :  20 August 2012 to 26 August

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