Dominic Thiem easily made it to the second round of the US Open. The second-placed Austrian won on his 27th birthday with three times 6-3 by Sumit Nagal from India.
Wednesday number one of the world Novak Djokovic already secured a place in the last 32.
Thiem is, because of the many absentees, one of the great challengers of the Serbian, who did not lose a match this calendar year. But the road to a possible final is still long, especially with the heavy opponent he will face in the next round.
Thiem will compete for a spot in the last sixteen against Marin Cilic, the 2014 tournament winner. The Croat (ATP-38) defeated Norbert Gombos in four sets (6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5).
For Milos Raonic the curtain fell. The Canadian was a finalist last week at the master tournament of Cincinnati, which was also played on the courts in New York because of the coronapandemic.
Raonic struggled with injury and a lack of self-confidence, but is slowly picking up again. However, his compatriot Vasek Pospisil, number 94 in the world, was too strong (6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3)