One could be excused for thinking that a Hollywood heavyweight was in attendance on Day 3 of the US Open Tennis Championships last night, when it was lights…..camera…..action on the Arthur Ashe stadium.
The rain started falling and for the first time, the $150 million retractable roof came into play and fittingly, during Rafael Nadal’s second round match against Andreas Seppi.
Nadal was not only the first player to have practiced under the closed roof but now also the first to have scored a point and won a match.
The brief delay in play during the second set may have caused a buzz around the ground but it didn’t affect Nadal’s play as he stormed into the third round with a 6-0 7-5 6-1 win.
World No. 1 and Defending champion, Novak Djokovic was given some extra time to rest when his second round opponent, Jiri Vesely, withdrew before the match got underway, due to inflammation in his left forearm.
Djokovic will now face Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny in the third round. The two have played against each other on nine occasions, with Djokovic coming up trumps on six of them.
In other Day 3 action, South Africa’s Kevin Anderson advanced with a rather unimpressive performance against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil. The tall South African needed 2 hours and 40 minutes to defeat Pospisil 7-6(7) 6-4 6-4 but will need to lift his game dramatically against his upcoming third round opponent, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France, who needed four sets to defeat the gutsy young Australian, James Duckworth, 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4.
Marin Cilic, John Isner, Jack Sock and Gael Monfils also advanced to the third round.