Belinda Bencic and Alexander Zverev captured Gold Medals last month at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, winning in Women’s Singles and Men’s Singles, respectively, and each won their opening round matches at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.
Last year’s finalist Zverev moved past American Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 40 minutes, blasting 40 winners to 15 unforced errors to push forward into the second round.
“Sam is somebody that on a hard court is extremely dangerous,” said Zverev. “He was serving extremely well today. I’m happy to win in three sets, because a match like that can get out of your hands very quickly, and I’m happy to kind of have it under control.”
Alexander Zverev won in three sets to advance on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Darren Carroll/USTA)
When asked about his confidence level heading into the rest of the tournament, and the possibility of taking down the tournament favorite Novak Djokovic.
“I have been playing good. I’ve won two tournaments. I’m on a 12-match winning streak,” he said. “I hope I can keep the level up and maybe even play better, because to beat Novak here is going to be an extremely difficult task.”
The fourth-seeded will play Albert Ramos-Vinolas next. The Spaniard outlasted France’s Lucas Pouille 6-1, 5-7, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 on Monday.
For Bencic, a semifinalist here two years ago, she advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands.
“I was very happy with the way I played. I felt very comfortable on the court, and I felt like my serve was helping me a lot,” said Bencic. “In the last couple of matches I played a lot of times against left-handed players, so for sure it's a little bit more tricky for me, especially against her today. I think her serve gave me a little bit of trouble, so I had to kind of find a way to break her.
Yeah, I'm just really happy with how I played and happy to be in the second round.”
Bencic draws a matchup with Italian Martina Trevisan, who notched a 6-1, 7-5 win over American Coco Vandeweghe.
Vandeweghe’s compatriot, 23rd seed Jessica Pegula, looked sharp in a 6-2, 6-2 win over Russia’s Anastasia Potapova. Pegula saved six break points and committed just 17 unforced errors to advance in a little over an hour. Up next for the Pegula is Japan’s Misaki Doi.
Other notable winners on the women's side on Tuesday included fourth-seed Karolina Pliskova, seventh-seed Iga Swiatek, 10th seed Petra Kvitova, 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and 17th seed Maria Sakkari. On the men's side, sixth-seed Matteo Berrettini, seventh-seed Denis Shapovalov, 13th seed Jannik Sinner and 17th seed Gael Monfils all advanced.
Gael Monfils celebrates after advancing to the U.S. Open second round on Tuesday. (Photo Credit: Pete Staples/USTA)