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Some big names on opening day at Flushing Meadows, with a birthday win for Andy Roddick and a nervous start for fifth seed Robin Soderling.
It seemed an easy opener for defending champ Kim Clijsters, but a scare in the second set could have seen the first big upset at the last grand slam of the year. But the Belgian overcame Gerta Arn 6-0 7-5 in her first tie of the tournament.
The fresh young face of Melanie Oudin – a favorite at last year’s event – graced center court to brush aside her struggles of the past season and powered past Olga Savchuk 6-3 6-0.
But the biggest names in the game buzzed around the tennis world as Swiss master Roger Federer prepared for his highlight match of day one at the Arthur Ashe Stadium against Argentinian Brian Dubal.
John Canning Jr, who came up short last year in his bid for the storied Chicago Cubs baseball team, made a shocking admission on Tuesday.
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