Sad end to David Ferrer’s Grand Slam career as he is forced to retire in the second set against good friend Rafael Nadal 6-3 3-4(retired).

“I’m so sorry I had to end like this” – Ferrer said.

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Venus Williams beats Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets to improve to 20-0 in opening matches at the US Open, snapping a tie with Chris Evert for the most wins without a loss in that stage by any woman in the Open Era.

Serena in fine form as she cruised through the first round with a 6-4, 6-0 sweep.

V. Azarenka beat V. Kuzmova 6-3 7-5

A. Bogdan beat M. Bouzkova 6-4 6-2

J. Gorges beat A. Kalinskaya 6-2 7-6 6-2

Men:

D. Thiem beat M. Basić 6-3 6-1 6-4

S. Johnson beat D. Istomin 6-3 7-6 6-3

J. Del Potro beat D. Young 6-0 6-3 6-4

K. Anderson beat R. Harris 7-6 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-4

A. Seppi beat S. Querrey 6-7 6-4 6-2 2-1 (retired).