Duckworth dives into next round at US Open with upset win
TENNIS: Australian James Duckworth has defied poor form and an injury-ravaged season to set up a second-round clash with No.9 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the US Open.
Duckworth, 24, is ranked 195 in the world but defeated Dutch world No.64 Robin Haase in a five-set thriller 4-6 7-5 6-3 4-6 6-3.
The Aussie was a wildcard at Flushing Meadows but wowed the crowd, including Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, with some brilliant play.
After losing the first set, Duckworth looked as if he would go out tamely but bounced back from a break down in the second to take that before dominating the third.
Haase fought back in the fourth but the Aussie held his nerve to set up the showdown with Tsonga, who defeated Guido Andreozzi of Argentina 6-3 6-4 6-4.
Fellow Aussie Jordan Thompson also looked as if he would be going through but let slip a two-set lead to lose to Belgium's Steve Darcis.
The 22-year-old was impressive in the opening two sets but could do nothing as the world No. 106 stormed back to win 5-7 3-6 7-6 6-4 7-5.
World No.1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic began his campaign with a hard-fought 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1 victory over Poland's Jerzy Janowicz.
Djokovic has been struggling with a wrist injury and had to call the trainer for treatment in the first set.
Spanish fourth seed Rafael Nadal had no concerns as he defeated Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-1 6-4 6-2.
The upset of the day came when Britain's Kyle Edmund was too good for French 13th seed Richard Gasquet 6-2 6-2 6-3.
John Isner, seeded 20, almost followed Gasquet out but the American came back from two sets down to beat 18-year-old countryman Frances Tiafoe 3-6 4-6 7-6 6-2 7-6.
Germany's Angelique Kerber, seeded second in the women's draw, led Polona Hercog 6-0 1-0 when the Slovenian had to withdraw with leg cramps.
No.3 seed Garbine Muguruza had to fight back to beat Belgian Elise Mertens 2-6 6-0 6-3.
Olympic champion Monica Puig was beaten in her first match since winning gold in Rio, going down 6-4 6-2 to China's Zheng Saisai.