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Monday, Aug. 27
Thanks for playing along today. We'll resume all things U.S. Open again on Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET. Time to go get a falafel for dinner -- highly recommended if you are out here. Till tomorrow
Former ESPN.com blogger Paul Goldstein had to retire from his match in the second set against Sebastien Grosjean with an apparent groin injury. Greg Garber will get the skinny on the extent of Goldstein's injury later. Garber also will be talking with the Stanford graduate about the decision to go pro versus attending college.
On Sunday during his press conference, Andy Roddick said, "It's going to be tough for [John] Isner not to win tennis matches just because of the way he serves." So far, Isner is hanging with No. 26 Jarkko Nieminen, on serve in the first set.
The Bryan brothers have had a pretty busy day. Now out on Court 5 practicing, earlier in the day the twins were at the World Financial Center in the city playing doubles against former NBA player John Starks and actor Michael Lombardi from the TV show "Rescue Me."
Audra Cohen, the reigning 2007 NCAA women's champion from Miami, played and lost her first match as a pro on Monday, falling to Andrea Petkovic. Cohen thought it was a winnable match, but "I've never been so nervous in my life. I doubted every ball. It was my first time playing in a big scene like that -- and it showed. I told myself to breath, relax.
"Clearly, that didn't go so well."
Question: Good win by Young, but how many games to you think Scoville Jenkins wins against Fed? I am going with nine! -- Mark in Virginia
Answer: I'll be generous and give him 10.
Question: Since Donald Young is playing in the U.S. Open Men's Singles will he also be playing in the Junior Championships? If so, why can he play in both? -- Chase, Encino, Calif.
Answer: Chase, Young is eligible to play both. He turned 18 this year and a player is age eligible until the end of the calendar year in which he turns 18 to play both events. (Interesting note: When Boris Becker won Wimbledon in 1985 at age 17, he was younger than the junior champion that year -- Leonard Lavalle of Mexico was 18. Thanks to John Sidhu of the USTA.)
Mario Ancic had to withdraw because of a right shoulder injury and has been replaced in the draw by Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Ancic, who had been out for six months with mononucleosis, had played three hard-court events and even had a win over Tommy Haas in Cincinnati two weeks ago.
"I felt it 10 days ago," said Ancic, who had an MRI on Sunday. " I had to withdraw because I couldn't serve and couldn't hit my backhand."
Ancic said he hopes to be able to return in five to six weeks.
ESPN.com's Greg Garber, who is working on a story about whether to go to college or go pro as a teenager, spoke to Jesse Levine, who lost to Davydenko. Levine, who turned pro after his freshman year at Florida, was invited by Roger Federer after Wimbledon to practice with him for 10 days in Dubai. Levine, it should be noted, is a lefty, like a certain No. 2 player in the world. While he was there, he gave Fed two Florida Gator shirts. Today, Federer reciprocated by giving Levine one of the new and exclusive Roger Federer hats. It's black with a silver RF and three Swiss crosses for each of his U.S. Open titles.
Said Levine, "That's pretty sweet, huh?"
Biggest crowd so far outside practice Court 5, watching No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic get in a workout.
Donald Young beats Chris Guccione (6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2, 6-3) and will likely face No. 13 Richard Gasquet in the second round.
Donald Young is one game from winning his first Grand Slam match; women's 2006 finalist Justine Henin has jumped all over Julia Goerges; and Marcos Baghdatis dropped the first two sets to Max Mirnyi.
Every question in English asked to Davydenko revolved around the gambling scandal.
Nikolay Davydenko won his first-round match in straight sets over Jesse Levine, but the first several questions in his postmatch news conference have dealt with the gambling scandal involving a match of his in Poland earlier this month. Give him credit, he has not been avoiding the questions.
Right now all eyes are on Donald Young. The 18-year-old American, who won his first ATP Tour match last week at the Pilot Pen, is up two sets to one and a break in the fourth against Chris Guccione. If you remember last year, Young took the first set from Novak Djokovic in the first round before losing in four. We'll revisit this once the match nears its conclusion.
Anna-Nicole sighting: They wouldn't meet until the quarterfinals, but Anna Chakvetadze and Nicole Vaidisova were hitting together on Practice Court 4. Who do you think will win a Slam first, Chakvetadze or Vaidisova? Send in your thoughts to the e-mail above.
American Taylor Dent -- ranked in the top 30 as recently as two years ago -- is back for the second straight year doing "Off Court With Taylor Dent," which can be seen on USOpen.org. Dent continues to recover from a back injury that has sidelined him for most of the last two seasons. He had exploratory back surgery five months ago "that didn't take" and he will have another operation following the U.S. Open. Dent was doing some work for 10 days with American Michael McClune (who plays Juan Ignacio Chela in the first round). Dent said he hasn't hit in probably nine months, but can feed balls out of a basket -- like he did with McClune -- every other day.
Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero, who had a nice run at Wimbledon before losing to Roger Federer, is the first big casualty. Seeded 21st, Ferrero lost to his countryman Feliciano Lopez in straight sets in the first round.