Nadal and Kerber advance at U.S. Open

On opening day at the U.S. Open, two-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain advanced to the second round by beating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. Angelique Kerber, the No. 2 women’s seed, also advanced easily, beating Slovenian Polona Hercog, who called it quits in the sweltering heat when she was down 6-0, 1-0. Top-ranked Serena Williams, fresh off a disappointing showing at the Rio Olympics, plays her first match in the tournament Tuesday night.

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