Andreas Haider-Maurer – Sergei Bubka 2
Haider-Maurer has played two matches on hard court since January, and he has lost them both. He comes here with four defeats in a row, while Bubka has been playing on hard surfaces since June and he has gone through three qualifiers to be here.
Donald Young – Lukas Lacko 1
It is the sixth time that Lacko turns up in New York, and he has yet to see the second round, and he should not even be in the first round this year after he lost the last qualifier match and only got into the tournament as ”lucky loser “. Young is playing at home and has played perhaps his best year so far on the ATP Tour.
Marinko Matošević – Juan Ignacio Chela 2
They also met at Wimbledon this year, where Chela won in 4 sets, and grass is not exactly his favorite surface. On the other hand he rarely has anything against the hard courts, in 2007 he reached the quarterfinals here. He won’t win any Grand Slam tournaments, but can usually be relied upon to make a decent effort, unlike so many others.
Pere Riba-Madrid – Carlos Berlocq 2
Riba-Madrid has played 4 matches on hard court in the U.S. and lost them all. Apart from two matches on grass, both lost, he has not played on anything other than clay since March. Berlocq has played two matches on hard court leading up to the U.S. Open, and should simply be better on this surface.