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Noah Ferguson | 29 August, 2018, 22:47

Current No. 1 Halep lost in the first round at last year's U.S. Open and this year's Australian Open.

"It's always about the nerves", said Halep, who was beaten in the first round in NY by five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in 2017. The city is busy.

That would have been hard to imagine then, when Federer would steamroll into NY at the tail end of some of the greatest seasons in tennis history. "I'm a quiet person, so maybe I like the smaller places". But she then fell in the third round at Wimbledon, becoming the first world No. 1 to fall so early at the All England Club since Serena Williams in 2014.

But Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have shared the major spoils so far this year, a feat Zverev calls "amazing". First sets were almost 1 1/2 minutes longer this year while second sets were a minute shorter. "It was my first back here in NY, so that wasn't the easiest", Williams told the crowd. I'm trying to change that.

Williams was seeded higher than her ranking of No. 26 in the world and drew a possible matchup with sister Venus in the third round.

Others making the second round included defending champion and No. 3 seed Sloane Stephens, two-time finalist Victoria Azarenka, and two-time major champ Garbine Muguruza. At Wimbledon, he lost to Novak Djokovic in a five-set epic, a nervy game that could have gone either way, while at the start of the year, he was forced off by a leg injury after being stretched to five sets by Marin Cilic in the quarter finals of the Australian Open.

Her quarter includes American sisters Serena and Venus Williams, who have 30 Grand Slam titles between them.And Halep's first-round opponent is the risky Estonian Kaia Kanepi, who made the quarter-finals past year and has been ranked as high as world number 15."It's very tough draw for sure", she said.

The draw has done Federer no favors in his pursuit of a sixth US Open title. Arthur Ashe, a lieutenant in the US Army, took leave to play and became the first African-American to win a men's singles title at a GrandSlam event.

The German's run to the last-eight at the French Open this year remains his best performance at the majors while his last two visits to NY ended in a pair of second-round losses.

Nadal was looking forward to playing in front of the boisterous NY fans.

He said ahead of the tournament: 'In terms of the draw, I mean, we have so many draws that happened throughout my career that you just take it on your chin and you're, like, "Okay, fine, that's what it is". "I like the weather: humid and hot".

BIG 4 REUNIONFor the first time since Wimbledon in June 2017, a tournament will have the entire Big Four in the field: five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer, defending champ Rafael Nadal, two-time victor Novak Djokovic and 2012 champion Andy Murray. Also, off-court he looks more humble and very relaxed, and his comeback to the top started.

Zverev is arguably the strongest of the next generation of players who have always been tipped to break the big three's hold on the sport's biggest prizes. Kanepi has shown the occasional ability to grab significant results, including a run to the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows a year ago.

The 14-day tournament begins Monday.

"I'm doing everything I can to make it be". Wozniacki exited in the second round at two of the past four Slams.

"Going back again and knowing that you held the trophy there once before is super-cool".

"I was thinking about that: Why (did) they cheer so much for her?" Because normally, they cheer for the underdog. "Now she's understanding what the problems are when she gets a little bit emotional how many points in a row she's losing because of that" Halep's coach Darren Cahill said.

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