Jack Sock didn’t have any trouble in his first-round match at the U.S. Open on Tuesday.
Sock, who played in high school at Blue Valley North, defeated Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 6-2, 6-3, 6-2.
Sock, the No. 28 seed, won 51 of 71 points on his serve. He had a 24-9 advantage in winners and had just 22 unforced errors, 17 more than Burgos, who is ranked No. 50 in the world.
“He’s an established top-50 or -60 player, so I knew it wouldn’t be easy today,” Sock said during an on-court interview following the match.
“Being an American playing in our home (Grand Slam tournament), you can get a little nervous or anxious. I was able to stay focused.”
In the second round of singles, Sock will play Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium. Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil will play their first-round doubles match today against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina and Joao Sousa of Portugal.
Other American men who advanced to the second round include Donald Young and John Isner.
Young rallied to beat 11th-seeded Gilles Simon 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in 3 hours, 34 minutes on a packed Court 17. Young had never rallied to win after losing the first two sets and had never beaten Simon in five previous meetings.
Isner, meanwhile, got off to an impressive start, beating Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. The 13th-seeded Isner never faced a break point and had 24 aces and 54 winners.
▪ Second-seeded Roger Federer routed Leonardo Mayer of Argentina 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round Tuesday.
Federer saved the lone break point he faced and was done in a brisk 77 minutes. The 34th-ranked Mayer had given Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, trouble in their only previous meeting, when Federer saved five match points to win in three sets in Shanghai last year.
Federer arrived in New York after winning his 87th career title at Cincinnati, where he posted back-to-back victories against Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.
▪ Caroline Wozniacki got herself quickly off the court. The fourth-seeded Wozniacki, last year’s runner-up, beat NCAA champion Jamie Loeb 6-2, 6-0 in 67 minutes.
▪ Sixth-seeded Lucie Safarova, the French Open runner-up, lost to 37th-ranked Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-1 in just 65 minutes .
Seeded women are just 12-9 so far. Add in Maria Sharapova’s withdrawal, and 10 of the 32 seeds are already out before the second round.