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Qualifier Duval stuns Stosur
The US Open had its first major reversal, courtesy of a 17-year-old local qualifier, who toppled the women’s eleventh seed. Former champion Sam Stosur of Australia was shown the door American teenager Victoria Duval when he managed a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory to enter the second round.
New York (Agencies): The US Open had its first major reversal, courtesy of a 17-year-old local qualifier, who toppled the women’s eleventh seed. Former champion Sam Stosur of Australia was shown the door American teenager Victoria Duval when he managed a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory to enter the second round.
Stosur, the 2011 champion in New York, looked in complete control of the match when she led 4-2 in the second set.
Duval held her nerve, though, to serve out for the win in two hours and 39 minutes on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Meanwhile, top seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia won over Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round. He committed only two unforced errors before getting a little sloppy toward the end of the third set, finishing with nine miscues against 28 winners, including 10 aces.
Djokovic, who buried groundstroke’s from both wings into the corners with 112th-ranked Berankis looking on helplessly, also fended off seven of eight break points held by the Lithuanian. The 26-year-old Serb, the reigning Australian Open champion and runner-up at Wimbledon, will play Germany’s Benjamin Becker, a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 winner over Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic, in the second round.
Second seeded Victoria Azarenka scripted a clinical 6-0, 6-0 win over 99th-ranked Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany. In a yet another match, Roger Federer made the perfect start to his bid for a sixth title when he easily won his first-round match. Defying critics like Jon McEnroe, the Swiss master was all class as he brushed past Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja 6-3 6-2 7-5 in a centre court match that was held over from the previous night because of rain.
The 32-year-old Federer, winner of a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles, ripped 35 winners and committed just 16 unforced errors in the 93-minute win. Frenchman Jeremy Chardy knocked out Federer's conqueror at Wimbledon, Sergiy Stakhovsky from Ukraine in a five sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
Fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych breezed past Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-4, 6-1, and 12th seed Tommy Haas defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 to set up a date with Yen-Hsun Lu from Chinese Taipei. In another five-set thriller, Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva overcame Vasek Pospisil from Canada 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 6-2, 7-6 (10).