US Open 2017: Karolina Pliskova rolls in her first-round match

US Open 2017: Karolina Pliskova rolls in her first-round match

US Open 2017: Karolina Pliskova rolls in her first-round match

The contrast to 12 months ago could not have been more stark, but she said: "I'm still the same player and the same person".

"When I was down in the first set, I just tried to be there as he was playing well and controlling the points", said French Open champion Nadal, who is chasing a 16th major.

Kerber and Osaka had the stage to themselves after play was suspended on all courts other than Arthur Ashe Stadium, which has a retractable roof. This time, she would not make the same mistake, in a devastating display of aggressive baseline tennis.

"When we were little, we would come to the U.S. Open every year. You have to schedule your day, plan completely different and it's for sure tougher to stay on top".

Osaka, who led Madison Keys 5-1 in the final set in round three of last year's US Open before losing, said: "It means a lot, especially since last time I was here".

Kerber will likely drop towards the bottom end of the top-20 in the WTA rankings, which is a real fall from grace given her status as the top player in the world earlier in the year.

The opening set was on serve until 4-3, when Osaka capitalized on some errors from Kerber.

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Kerber is the third top seed to go out in the first round after number two Simona Halep and seventh-seeded Johanna Konta lost on Monday.

Fellow Czech Barbora Strycova also advanced quickly to the second round, as the No. 23 seed cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Misaki Doi of Japan.

Osaka moves on to play the victor of Rebecca Peterson of Sweden and Czech Republic's Denisa Allertova, whose match was postponed due to rain on Tuesday. Federer, seeded third, meets young American Frances Tiafoe on Tuesday night under the lights.

Czech 25-year-old Pliskova, the runner-up in 2016, eased past Poland's Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1 on the back of eight aces and 29 winners.

Federer defeated the world number 70 in straight sets in Miami this year but Tiafoe, the son of a Sierra Leone immigrant, illustrated his growing reputation by seeing off world number six Alexander Zverev in Cincinnati.

Kerber rose to the top of rankings after winning in both Australia and NY last season but has not claimed a title since nor made a grand slam quarter-final.

Heis bidding for a record sixth crown in NY.

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