Djokovic, Nadal and Phil Collins kick-off US Open

Ross Houston
August 31, 2016

As Rafael Nadal stood near the net at the U.S. Open after winning his first Grand Slam match in three months Monday, he unraveled the thick wrap of white tape protecting his all-important left wrist and then clutched at that arm with his right hand. But for the first time in over 180 weeks, she could lose her No. 1 ranking in the world if the US Open doesn't go her way.

Fresh off a magical Rio run, del Potro has to be the most unsafe unseeded player in the draw.

Since winning Wimbledon in July - and tying Graf with 22 grand slam titles - she's only played a handful of matches. "I try to look at it like we always have tough matches".

The 27-year-old del Potro, nearly pushed into retirement by three wrist surgeries, is back at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2013, earning a wild card invitation with a stirring run to an Olympic silver medal. Her appearance in the kiss-off anthem par excellence is a statement about friendship and sisterhood - and demolishing expectations.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Serena Williams (USA) hits a backhand against Elina Svitolina (UKR) during a third round tennis match at Olympic Tennis Centre in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

A shoulder injury cut short Serena Williams' outing in Rio, before forcing her to pull out of Cincinnati. Roberta Vinci toppled the World No.1 and the favorite, Serena Williams, in a drama riddled Semi Final.

Kei Nishikori, who became Asia's first men's Grand Slam finalist in NY in 2014, when he fell to Marin Cilic in the final, also advanced, downing German Benjamin Becker 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.Eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria needed five sets to secure his second-round spot, downing Australia's John Millman 6-3, 2-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

The third seed Wawrinka plays Verdasco for the first time on a hard court on Day 2 of the US Open.

Serena Williams is still scheduled to play in the U.S. Open, where she will be the top-seeded seeded female singles player. This time around she won't let anything stand in her way.

World number two Angelique Kerber, the Australian Open champion who can dethrone six-time US Open victor Williams as world number one in NY, opens against Polona Hercog of Slovenia.

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And she won't get a chance to ease into the U.S. Open - the luck of the draw was not kind to the top-ranked Williams.

"However, he has not won as many grand slams as he would have liked since 2013". The U.S. Tennis Association plans to shut the roof after the day session and open it for effect while Phil Collins performs "In the Air Tonight". But if Kerber, Muguruza or even Radwanska want Williams' top spot, they're going to have to take it.

Here's a look at storylines to watch for through the September 11 men's final.

The US Open 2016 begins today and runs until Sunday, September 11, and we've got all the information you need to make sure you stay up to date with the competition live online. You really have more flat days. There will be free admission to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and tennis fans will be able to attend the semifinals of both the men's and women's doubles tournaments, as well as the Champions Invitational, where former Grand Slam tournament champions (like John McEnroe) will be playing.

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