The Czech finalist at Winston-Salem arrived in New York late, with only one day to prepare before the match on Monday, and this, unfortunately, took a toll on his performance. In a two-hour fight, Legechka scored a total of 14 break points and lost the pitch six times. Moreover, he knew little about the Russian’s first serve.
Karatsev, who is now ranked 77th in the world, is not a sniper. Two years ago, in qualifying for the Australian Open, he shocked by reaching the semi-finals, although it was his first Grand Slam in his life. “I am surprised? I try not to show it,” said the player who was stopped only by Novak Djokovic.
In any case, the Russian tennis player can now look forward to the second round match, in which he will be challenged by the Spanish winner of the fourth seeded Holger Rune Ricardo Carballes.
Menshik and Vesely already have a bonus of $123,000 gross (more than 2.6 million crowns). The 17-year-old was able to imitate Tomasz Berdych, who won his first Grand Slam in New York shortly before his eighteenth birthday.
Minor will celebrate them on Friday and will be able to make himself a gift if he also defeats the French qualifier Titouan Droge after Gregoire Barrera (6:4, 4:6, 7:6, 6:2). However, in the first round, he managed to beat the 18th seeded Italian Lorenzo Musetti.
However, Menshik (World No. 191) shows surprisingly advanced tennis at Flushing Meadows, serves well, is not afraid to finish hard, made 45 game-winning shots in the first round and looked confident.
Merry also found some confidence in New York when he defeated France’s Enzo Cuaco after over three hours and in five sets. Veseli’s previous five starts in New York ended in defeats in the first round (Coric, Berankis, Mute, Anderson, Evans).
Now the participant of 38 Grand Slam tournaments will have the opportunity to compare his current performance with the 20th player in the world Argentinean Francisco Serundol. He beat Lechecek 6-2 at Wimbledon three times.