Aug 29 (Reuters) - Round-up of day two at the U.S. Open championships on Tuesday:
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Being honest, it’s a little bit too much. I don’t know how to control that or (if) the umpire has to control that... at the same time it is not fair to say that. He had the energy of the crowd, the support of the crowd is massive and I enjoy it... It’s true that today it was too much noise. You are not able to hear the ball when you are hitting...” - Spain’s Rafa Nadal on the noise in the Arthur Ashe stadium after the roof was closed during his win over Dusan Lajovic.
FACT OF THE DAY: Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl have played in the most singles finals at the U.S. Open in the professional era with eight apiece. Roger Federer has an opportunity to join them this year.
STATISTIC OF THE DAY: Roger Federer did not lose a set when he claimed his 19th grand slam title at Wimbledon this year but the Swiss has already dropped two in his opening round win over American Frances Tiafoe. Federer, who is returning from a back injury, made 56 unforced errors in the match.
PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Japan’s Naomi Osaka dominated defending champion Angelique Kerber to seal a 6-3 6-1 win over the German in the first round. Osaka needed one hour and four minutes to complete the rout and had 22 winners. The last time a defending women’s champion crashed out so early was when Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova fell to Ekaterina Bychkova in 2005. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John O’Brien)