2010 US Open: Nadal, Djokovic Survive Scare

Several seeds tumbled on Day 2 at the 2010 US Open, but top seed Rafael Nadal of Spain and third seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia advanced to the second round at Flushing Meadows.

Nadal, who is trying to win the US Open for the first time and complete a career grand slam, had to dig deep before escaping a tough challenge by Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili, 7-6. 7-6, 6-3. Djokovic, on the other hand, was stretched to the limit by fellow Serbian Viktor Troicki before hammering out a hard-earned, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 7–5, 6–3, victory.

Women’s top seed Caroline Wozniacki did not encounter the same problems, though, as she moved into the next round with an easy 6-1 6-1 win against American wild card Chelsey Gullickson. However, fellow women’s seeds Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova had extended court exposure against tough first-round opponents. Jankovic, a finalist here in 2008, held off Romania’s Simona Halep, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, while Sharapova had to rally from a set down to defeat Australia’s Jarmila Groth, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Not as lucky were men’s seeds Marcos Baghdatis, Ernests Gulbis, Radek Stepanek, and Juan Mónaco, as well as women’s seeds Li Na and Nadia Petrova, who all crashed out against lower-ranked players.

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