The U.S. Open got off to an exciting start on Monday with preliminary rounds giving patrons a run for their money.
Top seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain had to play nearly three hours in a three-set match to beat Bjorn Phau of Germany at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nadal just returned from Beijing, where he won a gold medal in tennis.
James Blake, an American favorite, played past midnight to defeat Donald Young in five sets.
The two-week U.S. Open runs through Sept. 7 at the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park.