Coric, Dimitrov Set Second Round Blockbuster
On Monday, all four stars moved into the second round at Flushing Meadows. Coric is looking to replicate his Round of 16 run from a year ago and will need to get past Dimitrov to do so. The 12th seed ousted Evgeny Donskoy 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-0 to set the second-round blockbuster, needing one hour and 54 minutes on Court 7.
Meanwhile, on Court 11, Dimitrov opened his campaign with a 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-3 win over Italian veteran Andreas Seppi. The Bulgarian needed two hours and 42 minutes to prevail. Looking to restore the elite form that saw him rise to World No. 3 two years ago, the 78th-ranked Dimitrov earned his first US Open victory since 2017.
Wednesday's encounter will be the first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting between Coric and Dimitrov.
In other action, 2014 runner-up Nishikori advanced on Grandstand when Marco Trungelliti retired down 6-1, 4-1 in the second set. The Japanese is making his 10th appearance in New York and is coming off a quarter-final finish at Wimbledon last month.
"That's going to help me for the physically side," said Nishikori. "But honestly I wanted to play a little more because I was feeling good on the court and I wanted to get little more confidence, playing more points, more confidence playing matches. I think my rhythm was going well... I'm really fresh now. One more practice tomorrow and I'm ready for the second round."
Nishikori could meet #NextGenATP star De Minaur in the third round after the Aussie dismissed Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(8), 7-5 on Court 8. Up to third in the ATP Race To Milan, the 20-year-old advanced to the third round in New York last year, endearing himself to the US Open faithful with a determined late-night performance against Marin Cilic.