“I’m feeling good, I finally have a good week last week, and then I come to the U.S. Open,” Kyrgios said.
As the match wore on, Kyrgios exhausted his allotment of medical treatments. He commemorated losing the third set by smashing his racket into the general shape of the letter G. (He earned a point penalty for that bit of pyrotechnics.) He spent the rest of the match shaking his head.
Live: Wednesday’s Results
■ Sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem quickly finished off a match suspended Tuesday, defeating Alex de Minaur, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.
■ Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina lost the second set after her match against Katerina Siniakova resumed, but won the match, 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-3.
■ The No. 14 seed Kristina Mladenovic, who has struggled since the French Open, lost to Monica Niculescu, 6-3, 6-2.
■ Richard Gasquet, the No. 26 seed on the men’s side, fell in the first round to Leonardo Mayer, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2. Mayer earned a spot in the main draw as a lucky loser from qualifying.
■ Seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who won the Cincinnati event last week, cruised into the second round with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Vaclav Safranek.
■ Tomas Berdych, the No. 15 seed, topped the American Ryan Harrison, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (4).
■ The qualifier Stefano Travaglia upset his Italian countryman Fabio Fognini, the No. 22 seed, 6-4, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 6-0.
Matches to Watch on Wednesday
How to watch: You can stream matches here (streaming began at 11 a.m., Eastern time). TV coverage began on ESPN at 1 p.m., and switches to ESPN2 at 6 p.m.
After rain suspended or postponed all but nine matches on Tuesday, Wednesday’s schedule is bursting. There are 87 matches listed on the order of play. Here are some to keep an eye on.
No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Ekaterina Makarova
Not before 4 p.m., Court 17
Wozniacki is a two-time finalist at the Open. Makarova is better known for her doubles prowess, but she made the semifinals here in 2014 and won the Citi Open in Washington this month. Wozniacki has won all seven of their meetings, but they have not played in seven years. This should be an early challenge for the No. 5 seed.
No. 11 Dominika Cibulkova vs. Sloane Stephens
Fifth match, Court 10
Stephens started her Open with an impressive straight-sets victory over Roberta Vinci, a finalist two years ago. Up next is Cibulkova, a defensive specialist who makes a habit of frustrating more powerful opponents with her movement and variety of shot. Stephens has won two of their previous three meetings, and if she can stay consistent while continuing to deploy her usual pace, she should be the favorite.
Maria Sharapova vs. Tímea Babos
Third match, Ashe Stadium
After an exhilarating three-set victory over second-seeded Simona Halep in the first round, Sharapova continues her comeback at the Open against the 59th-ranked Babos of Hungary. Babos has won only three matches since Wimbledon. What remains to be seen is if Sharapova can maintain her focus and level of play for at least another round.
No. 28 Kevin Anderson vs. Ernests Gulbis
Not before 4 p.m., Court 12
These two talented journeymen meet in the kind of matchup that often turns into a classic at the Open. Anderson, a big-serving South African, meets Gulbis, who, when he is on, has one of the cleanest backhands in the game. Gulbis is coming back from a long illness and does not have many matches under his belt, but if he can get in rhythm, this match will be worth checking out.
No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Denis Shapovalov
Second night match, Ashe Stadium
Shapovalov continued his strong summer run with three wins in the qualifying tournament here and an impressive straight-sets win in the first round. His next target is Tsonga, a quarterfinalist here the last two years. But Tsonga has played only two matches since Wimbledon, so if playing in Ashe Stadium doesn’t intimidate Shapovalov, he has a great chance to score an upset. — DANIEL GENDLER
Another Early Exit for Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard, ranked No. 76, was the surprise headliner of Wednesday’s packed schedule, slotted into the first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium against 89th-ranked Evgeniya Rodina.
Bouchard, who reached two Grand Slam semifinals and a Wimbledon final in 2014, was a rising star of the game but has sputtered recently. She seemed out of sorts in the match, hitting 46 unforced errors to Rodina’s 18 in a 7-6(2), 6-1 loss.
“It’s one of those matches you kind of want to forget about,” she said. “I know obviously the unforced error count was a bit too high, especially at the end of that first set. Yeah, I just didn’t really know what to do out there.”
Bouchard admitted she had low hopes coming into the match. “My confidence is not high at all at this point in time, and I definitely had question marks about what my level would be like coming out today,” she said.
Further complicating the scene, Bouchard is the plaintiff in an active lawsuit against the U.S.T.A., seeking damages for a concussion she sustained at the tournament in 2015, which she said was caused by a slippery floor. The U.S.T.A. is denying liability for the injury, and the case could go to trial in the coming months.
“I’m able to concentrate on the tennis when I’m here, but, I mean, I definitely have bad memories from here two years ago,” she said.
With her struggles and her litigation, Bouchard acknowledged that she, too, was surprised by her court assignment.
“I was surprised, yeah,” Bouchard said. “But it’s always an amazing opportunity to play on the biggest tennis court in the world.” — BEN ROTHENBERG
Mladenovic’s Struggles Continue
Kristina Mladenovic, the No. 14 seed, was the first seeded player to lose on Wednesday, falling to Monica Niculescu, 6-3, 6-2, in a first-round match that began Tuesday.
Mladenovic had been one of the most dominant players early in the season. From February through the fourth round of the French Open, she compiled a 31-8 record, which included a title in St. Petersburg; finals in Acapulco, Stuttgart and Madrid; and a semifinal in Indian Wells.
But after an electrifying win in the fourth round of the French Open over the defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza, Mladenovic has stalled, going 7-10 and losing her last five matches, all in straight sets.
Mladenovic in May was ranked as high as fourth in the year-to-date rankings, which determine the field for the year-ending WTA Finals in Singapore. She is currently ninth in that race, one spot out of the top-eight cutoff. She is likely to fall further after this U.S. Open. — BEN ROTHENBERG
Brady Wins in First Round
Jennifer Brady is the proud owner of an undefeated record at the U.S. Open, and she hopes to keep it that way for as long as possible.
“Feels pretty good,” Brady, 22, said after her 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Andrea Petkovic in a first-round match that was completed Wednesday morning. “Not many people can say they won their first round at any particular slam.”
It was a confidence-building win for Brady, an American who entered the tournament ranked No. 91. Petkovic is a former top-10 player.
At the beginning of the year, Brady said, she decided that one of her goals would be to advance into the second week at Grand Slam tournaments. By that measure, she got off to a roaring start at the Australian Open in January. After winning all three of her qualifying matches, Brady ripped off another three victories in the main draw before losing in the round of 16.
Now, after a fine performance against Petkovic, Brady said, “Hopefully I can do that again here.”
She is scheduled to face Barbora Strycova, the No. 23 seed, in the second round Thursday. — SCOTT CACCIOLA
First Look at Monfils
Gaël Monfils, the No. 18 seed, opened his tournament with a 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-4 victory against his fellow Frenchman Jérémy Chardy. A semifinalist here last year, Monfils continues to confound and captivate his fans and tennis experts. Ben Austen recently profiled Monfils for The New York Times Magazine.
Monfils wants to be remembered as more than the “human highlight reel.” He has a dream, modulated to the unyielding epoch in which he has happened to play: He wants the fortnight’s run of perfection and luck needed to win at least a single Grand Slam. “I think one time in my life I can put myself in the position to be the best for two weeks,” Monfils said. “The best all time is Roger. My dream, my challenge, why I’m training is to have within a year the chance to be the best for two weeks.”
■ Only nine matches were completed on a rainy day, but the last one nearly produced one of the biggest upsets of the year. The American teenager Frances Tiafoe pushed third-seeded Roger Federer to the brink before losing, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
■ Angelique Kerber, the defending women’s champion, could not overcome the powerful Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka, who claimed a 6-3, 6-1 victory.
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