Djokovic won the match in straight sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-1
US Open 2020 Day 1 : Coco Gauff takes a beating, loses unexpectedly to Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia
American sensation Coco Gauff made a first-round exit at the US Open on Monday. Gauff, 16, fell in the opening round of a grand slam for the first time after a 6-3 5-7 6-4 loss to Latvian 31st seed Anastasija Sevastova. Teenager Gauff thrilled the tennis world last year when she made the fourth round at Wimbledon, before repeating that feat at this year’s Australian Open.
However, there will be no such memorable run at Flushing Meadows after a loss to Sevastova that lasted just over two hours. Gauff finished with 40 unforced errors, including 13 double faults, to fall in the opening round.
She could have faced Naomi Osaka in the third round once more, the Japanese star having thrashed Gauff at the same stage in a memorable clash last year.
It was a match no one seemed capable of winning, with the first two games of the fifth and final set lasting more than 17 minutes as both Diego Schwartzman and Cameron Norrie botched opportunity after opportunity to take command once and for all.
A close match was expected between the two—they’ve split their previous two matches with both going the distance, featuring three tiebreakers in six sets. So a five-setter that approached four hours should come as no surprise… except for the fact that the No. 9 Schwartzman held a commanding lead, winning the first two sets, 6-3, 6-4, thanks to his opponent’s error-filled play. But Norrie made a comeback to win the next two to level the match.
In the final set drama, Schwartzman was comfortably sitting with 5-3 lead, only to have Norrie save a match point and another at 5-4. Grimacing and hobbling, Schwartzman saved two match points of his own but lost the last four games, as Norrie prevailed, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5.