Cameron Norrie proved too much for the likes of Frenchman Benoit Paire as he eased into the second round, while Dan Evans joined him in a clinical display.
Paire is not short of talent, with his backhand one of the best around, but his effort was often questioned and he barely tested in the first and third sets in the hot conditions.
Norrie dropped just 17 points in the two sets that tied both sides of a highly competitive second and wrapped up a 6-0 7-6 (7-1) 6-0 win in one hour and 40 minutes.
Norrie vs Paire: Match Stats
|Norrie||Match Stats||Pair up|
|84%||1st serve winning percentage||74%|
|50%||2nd serve winning percentage||24%|
|7/12||Break points won||1/2|
|95||Total points won||55|
The British No 1 is playing as a top-eight seed in a Grand Slam for the first time and is firmly in the talk as a contender for the title, particularly after her run to the Wimbledon semi-finals.
It’s hard to find two tennis players with different attitudes to their sport and Norrie was on target from the start while Paire made 16 unforced errors – twice the number of points she won – and hit just the a first set win that took less. more than 20 minutes.
The second was a different story and, after a brief delay when a spectator collapsed in the stands, Paire broke the Norrie serve to leave himself serving for the set at 5-3.
However, Norrie quickly recovered, dominated the tie-break and, with Paire barely jogging the court in the third, the job was done quickly.
Evans accompanies Norrie with an impressive performance
Evans eliminated Jiri Vesely to become the fifth British player to reach the second round.
With defending champion Emma Raducanu still playing, it was the joint-most British players to reach the second round in New York since 1981, with Evans joining Andy Murray, Norrie, Jack Draper and Harriet Dart.
Evans reached the fourth round last year and arrives at Flushing Meadows buoyed by a run to the semi-finals of the ATP Tour event in Montreal earlier this month.
And he was ruthless against the Czech Vesely, finishing with a 6-4 6-1 6-1 victory in one hour and 55 minutes in brutally hot conditions.
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