Dimitrov and Janowicz fail to live up to reputations and go out
The US Open lost two of the rising stars of tennis in the first round as Grigor Dimitrov and Jerzy Janowicz were sent packing.
Dimitrov, the 25th seed, is yet to live up to his talent, with some stand-out victories accompanied by baffling losses.
This fell into the latter category, with the 22-year-old Bulgarian going down 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 to world number 95 Joao Sousa.
Dimitrov, whose best performance in a grand slam is a third-round appearance at the French Open this year, twice fought back from a break down in the fourth set but was outplayed in the decider.
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Janowicz's 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 defeat by Argentinian Maximo Gonzalez was even worse on paper but he was hampered by a back injury that took away the power of his fearsome serve. Janowicz called the trainer onto Court 13 during the second set and, although he recovered from 4-1 to 4-4, there was no way back.
The 14th seed would have hoped to do damage here after reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon and his exit along with that of Ernests Gulbis yesterday makes a wide open third section of the draw even more so.
Milos Raonic is also in that section and he must fancy his chances of going a long way.
The Canadian tenth seed, who reached the Masters series final in Montreal earlier this month, beat Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.
Petra Kvitova went the distance again as she moved into the second round of the women's singles with victory over Japan's Misaki Doi.
The seventh seed plays a remarkable number of three-setters and a second-set lapse cost her again here, although she recovered well in the decider to defeat Doi 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion from the Czech Republic, next meets Serbian Bojana Jovanovski, who put out Germany's Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-4.