Isner, Humbert among upsets on day one

The 36-year-old went out in the first round of the US Open for the second year in a row

John Isner

The top-ranked John Isner was the highest-profile casualty early on day one of the US Open as a number of well-known names crashed out of the draw.

The No 19 seed was beaten 7-6 (7), 7-6 (6),.6-3 by fellow American Brandon Nakashima, the world No 84 who claimed only his second Grand Slam victory.

“It was a tough match,” Isner said. “Brandon is a very good player. Has a lot of promise. Someone asked me I guess a couple days ago, do you think experience will play a factor? I said, no, because he’s got a very good demeanour out there on the court. I think that served him well today, and I think it’s going to serve him well in the future also.

“He was certainly better today. I expended a lot of energy getting back to even in that first set, and then not to be able to win it being up 5-2 in the tiebreaker was a bit demoralising, and I think that had a lot to do with the outcome.”

Isner was joined on the sidelines by No 21 seed Ugo Humbert, the Frenchman going down to world No 141 Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

Former US Open Marin Cilic retired – for the first time in his career – pulling out when trailing 2-0 in the final set against veteran German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Cilic led by two sets to love but called it a day early in the decider.

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