While the anti-Fedtards salivate over the prospects of a Roger Federer upset prior to the finals, we’d like to mourn and dissect the loss of other heavyweights at the US Open 2018.
First round upsets in the US Open men’s draw.
- Querrey retirement against Seppi in the fourth set is a minor upset at best. Sam Querrey may be ranked higher than Andreas Seppi but has a 5-2 losing record against Seppi. Andreas Seppi is a veteran on the tour and can beat the most of them on his day.
- Kyle Edmond, the 16th seed lost 6-4, 4-6, 5-7, 1-6 to the 94 ranked Paolo Lorenzi. Lorenzi outdid Edmunds I every aspect of the game in their first-round encounter at the Flushing Meadows. Paolo’s won 78% points to Kyle’s 68% on his first serve, struck 21 aces to Kyle’s 10 and won an overall 143 points to 122 by Kyle. Lorenzi is a 36-year-old veteran who, like Federer, is giving the young guns nightmares on the court.
- Dimitrov’s 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 beatdown by the 101 ranked Stan Wawrinka’s was upset that Dimitrov’s fans were not expecting. Grigor, after all, was seeded 8 in the tournament and had a 4-2 winning record against Wawrinka. Wawrinka, however, is a multi-slam winner and capable of taking out the big three, with just his backhand, in the slams on the big stage.
- The 19th seed, Roberto Bautista Agut, went down 3-6, 3-6, 4-6 to Jason Kubler, a 98 ranked Australian. Neither approached the net or played aggressively. We wish tennis good luck in filling those empty stadiums without Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Serena, and the doping sensation, Sharapova.
- The 29 seed and the ever so dangerous and wily Frenchman, Adrian Mannarino, went down 1-6, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 to the up and coming Frances Taifoe. Mannarino is as dangerous as they come, and Tiafoe could not afford to blink against an opponent of Adrian’s caliber. Frances won 124 points and struck 45 winners as compared to 109 points and 34 winners by Mannarino.