TENNIS

US Open Tennis

Defending champion Rafa Nadal eased into the third round of the U.S. Open with a regulation 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over unseeded Vasek Pospisil in New York.

A fresh-looking Nadal, wrapped the contest in exactly two hours, and will next face Russia's Karen Khachanov, the 27th seed.
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Andy Murray lived up to his pre-tournament prediction that he would not win this year's U.S. Open when he was beaten 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-4 by Spain's Fernando Verdasco.

The former-world number one and 2012 U.S. Open champion, battled Verdasco for nearly three hours and 30 minutes before finally surrendering on a fourth match point while trying to force a fifth set.
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Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro overpowered American Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 delivering a near flawless performance and serving notice that the injury-plagued 2009 champion is in top form.

Next up for Del Potro is Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
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Stan Wawrinka fought off punishing heat and a youthful challenge from French qualifier Ugo Humbert to earn a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win and a spot in the third round. Wawrinka now faces 25th seed Milos Raonic after the big-hitting Canadian blasted past Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.