2010 U.S. Open: Federer, Clisjters Advance; Hewitt Crashes Out

Hostilities at the 2010 U.S. Open started on Monday, with all of the top seeds, including five-time champion Roger Federer and defending women’s title holder Kim Clijsters, advancing to the second round.

However, 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, the 32nd seed this year, bowed to France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu, and 27th seed Fernando Gonzalez was forced to retire one game into the third round. Hewitt yielded the first two sets to Mathieu, 3-6 4-6, but took the next two, 7-5 6-4, to force a deciding fifth set. However, the former world no.1 ran out of steam to bow out, 1-6. Gonzalez, on the other hand, had split the first two sets with Ivan Dodig when he was forced to retire with a knee injury while trailing 1-0 in the third set.

Federer did not have any problems in disposing of Argentina’s Brian Dabul, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, while Clijsters had a relatively easy, 6-0, 7-5, victory over Greta Arn of Hungary. Also advancing to the second round were third seed Venus Williams, ninth seed Andy Roddick, and fifth seed Robin Soderling, who needed five sets to eliminate Austria’s Andreas Haider-Maurer.