Ferrer's last Slam ends with injury against Nadal at US Open

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Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal sent close friend David Ferrer into grand slam retirement on Monday when his veteran compatriot was forced to quit their first-round match with injury, but former winners Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka made successful returns to NY. The three Grand Slams have been won by Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, Nadal and Federer still occupy the first two places in the ATP rankings while the Serb is No 6, Nadal and Federer are top seeded for the US Open while Djokovic Is the No 6 seed.

"This is my last grand slam", said Ferrer who was runner-up to Nadal in the 2013 French Open final. But I am sure that he will have the right finish for him in the tournaments that he decides to play to finish his career. He dropped the first set to Nadal, 6-3, but was leading the second set 4-3 when he decided he could not continue.

Second seed Roger Federer kicks off his quest for a sixth U.S. Open crown against Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic is in action against Hungary's Marton Fucsovics.

"It's about trying to win a 24th Grand Slam to equal Court - that's the number she cares about".

The No. 2 Wozniacki is the highest-seeded woman left in the field after No. 1 Simona Halep lost her opening match.

Wawrinka hit 30 winners, including six aces, to emerge victorious and hand Dimitrov back-to-back first-round Grand Slam exits for the first time in over five years.

Stephens gets things started against Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine, while Nadal wraps up the slate with the final match in the main stadium against Vasek Pospisil of Canada. "Of course I'm sad because it's my last Grand Slam". We played some Davis Cups together, important ones.

That cover was not needed to protect from rain on Day 1 at the year's last major tournament — although some protection from the bright sun and its 90-degree (33-degree Celsius) heat might have been in order. I was enjoying playing the match against Rafa.

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Once again an night session match for Rafael Nadal at the US Open.

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.

Both of us were playing at a good level.

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

The 44th-ranked Tiafoe had lost in the first round in NY in each of the past three years, including against Roger Federer in 2017.

The new 14,000-seat Louis Armstrong Stadium does not have an air conditioning system but relies on a first-of-its-kind natural ventilation system, which will be put to the test as temperatures are expected to soar well above 90 Fahrenheit (32C).

Wawrinka, the former world No. 3, now down at 101, shrugged off having to take a medical time-out early in the third set.

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