US Open - Rafael Nadal vs David Ferrer Preview & Prediction

"We shared a lot of important moments in our careers", said Nadal, a fellow Davis Cup victor for Spain, after his 6-3, 3-4 win on Monday.

"This is my last grand slam", said Ferrer who was runner-up to Nadal in the 2013 French Open final.

Ferrer said afterward it was his final Grand Slam match and he was sorry he wasn't able to finish it.

Former world number one Andy Murray marked his first Grand Slam tournament in 14 months with a 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 win over Australia's James Duckworth at the US Open on Monday.

Eugenie Bouchard has won a match at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015, the year she withdrew from the tournament after a fall left her with a concussion.

Wawrinka, the 2016 champion, swept to a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium to repeat his opening round triumph over Dimitrov at Wimbledon.

In the women's section, Serena Williams made a triumphant return, launching her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam victory with a straight-sets win as top-seeded Simona Halep made dubious history with a first-round exit.

Halep was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on Monday in a match that was stunningly lopsided and lasted all of 76 minutes.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have 37 Grand Slam titles between them and have clashed 38 times in a mesmerising rivalry stretching back to 2004.

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Ferrer was asked whether he regretted playing at a time when the Big Four of Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray dominated the sport.

Ferrer, 36, will play his last tournament on home ground in Madrid next year.

They are just the fifth pair of men to play in the first round at a Slam after having met in a major final. Williams, the 23-time major champion who missed last year's U.S. Open because she gave birth on September 1, returned with a flourish, following singer Kelly Clarkson's opening night performance in Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Magda Linette under the lights. We played some Davis Cups together, important ones.

"I'm improving tournament after tournament, match after match".

Denis Shapovalov, the 19-year-old 28th seed, was 7-5, 5-7, 4-1 ahead of 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime when his Canadian teammate and close friend was forced to retire.

Auger-Aliassime, making his Slam debut after coming through qualifying, had needed a medical timeout for an irregular hearbeat in the third set.

6 - Number of men who retired during matches Tuesday, when the U.S. Tennis Association instituted an "extreme heat" rule because of high temperatures and humidity.

The 31-year-old has not played at a Slam since Wimbledon in 2017 and there remain serious doubts over whether or not he can last two weeks of intense best-of-five sets in NY.

He easily won the first two sets, then rallied to take the third after receiving treatment on his legs early in the set. We played important matches for both of us.

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