Britain’s Cam Norrie battled back from two sets down to defeat Diego Schwartzman as Grand Slam tennis returned for the first time in 211 days at the US Open on Monday.
Norrie, ranked 76 in the world, smashed 39 winners and saved two match points in the deciding set before claiming his biggest win at a Grand Slam winning 3-6 4-6 6-2 6-1 7-5 in just under four hours on Court 5.
“The first two sets I was rushing everything and making too many errors. But I backed myself physically and he was struggling a bit at the end.
“The British guys were watching and Schwartzman was getting a little bit upset at them cheering me. It was good to get over the line.”
Fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas roared through after a straight-sets destruction of Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
The Greek star, who won the ATP Finals title at the O2 last year, breezed into round two with a 6-2 6-1 6-1 win.
Fifth seed Alexander Zverev came through the standout match of the first round against former finalist Kevin Anderson.
The 23-year-old German made it six wins from six against Anderson, winning 7-6 (7-2) 5-7 6-3 7-5.
Serbian Dusan Lajovic, seeded 18th, suffered a shock 6-1 4-6 6-4 6-4 defeat by Egor Gerasimovof Belarus.