Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Sixth seed Tomas Berdych was an easy opening-round winner on a hot Wednesday at the 2014 U.S. Open.
The big Czech and former Wimbledon runner-up blitzed 2001 U.S. Open champion and 2004 finalist Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 at Ashe Stadium. The fading 33-year-old Hewitt is also a former world No. 1.
Meanwhile, 14th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic was leading former Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 3-1 when the Cypriot retired; 18th-seeded South African slugger Kevin Anderson outlasted Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) in just over four hours; and 19th-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez was tied with Ivan Dodig 1-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, 1-1 when the hobbled Croat quit in the fifth set in round one.
A mild first-round upset came Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili topped 27th-seeded Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.
Also reaching the second round was 6-foot-8 Pole Jerzy Janowicz, a runner-up last week in Winston-Salem.