The only Canadian to earn a victory on Day 1 of the US Open was the top-ranked Milos Raonic, who will now proceed to the second round of the tournament to meet German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk. This should serve as an intriguing encounter, since Peter won their only previous meeting, which took place earlier this year at the grass court tournament in Halle.
The fifth seed began his week in New York against Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel, who defeated Canadian Peter Polansky in the final round of qualifying. The U.S. Open Series champion easily won the first two sets before Daniels picked up the pace and remained on serve throughout the final set to conclude the match 6-2, 6-3, 7-6(1).
“Everything was okay. I’d go in and out sometimes. Maybe just lacked a little bit of intensity. Where I needed to, I played well”
“I’m playing much better I think for things, it’s just it’s really hard to gauge it because of the way things went throughout the match. But I feel like just the way I’ve prepared for this event, I’m feeling more comfortable than any of the other ones, so that’s a good thing.”
German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk reached the second round of the US Open following a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over fellow countryman Benjamin Becker. He also hit a whopping 18 aces and won 82% of his first service points to close out the match in 1 hour and 26 minutes.
While Gojowczyk leads the head-to-head series 1-0 with his grass court victory over Raonic earlier this season, the Canadian is a far different sort of animal on hard courts and will provide a more thorough test for the German this time around. While Peter is capable of taking a set off Raonic, he is unlikely to earn the victory in the end.
Prediction: Milos Raonic in Four Sets