Opening day unfolds at US Open 2023: Rune stunned, Thiem triumphs
Posted : 29 August 2023
The 2023 US Open commenced with a mix of surprises and standout performances. Holger Rune, the fourth seed, faced an unexpected defeat, while former champion Dominic Thiem marked an emotional victory.
In a turn of events, Rune, a 20-year-old Danish talent, encountered a shock loss of 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to the 63rd-ranked Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain on court five. Notably, Rune had made a pointed comment about his court assignment before the match, hinting at his expectations.
On the brighter side, former champion Dominic Thiem seized an emotional win after a prolonged period. Thiem, who had last secured a Grand Slam match victory more than two years ago, defeated the 25th-seeded Alexander Bublik. The Austrian's victory came with a score of 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, signaling his resurgence after a series of challenges. Thiem's last Grand Slam victory was at the 2021 Australian Open, and his triumph at the US Open holds sentimental value as the city where he clinched his major title in 2020.
Thiem's display was solid and marked by his ability to put wrist troubles behind him. He expressed his contentment with the victory, particularly at the US Open, which holds special memories for him. Thiem acknowledged the significance of recovering from his wrist injury and regaining confidence in his game.
Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas, seeded seventh, demonstrated his prowess by defeating Milos Raonic, a 2016 Wimbledon finalist. Tsitsipas secured a convincing win with a score of 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 in the night session, showcasing his capabilities.
Casper Ruud, the fifth seed and runner-up to Djokovic at this year's French Open, overcame American qualifier Emilio Nava. The match concluded with Ruud triumphing 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) on Court 17.
Ninth seed Taylor Fritz, who has faced challenges at Grand Slams, emerged victorious against fellow American Steve Johnson with a resounding score of 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. Additionally, Frances Tiafoe, the 2022 semi-finalist, claimed a win on Arthur Ashe Stadium by defeating compatriot Learner Tien 6-2, 7-5, 6-1.
As the US Open unfolds, the world of tennis eagerly anticipates more captivating matches and thrilling victories.