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Kyrgios at it again as Tsonga advances safely

ESPN staff
August 25, 2014
Nick Kyrgios beat Mikhail Youzhny © Getty Images

Nick Kyrgios continued his impressive grand slam exploits of late as he became the first teenager since Novak Djokovic in 2006 to defeat seeded players in back-to-back grand slams.

Kyrgios stunned Rafael Nadal on his way to the Wimbledon quarter-finals and was at it again on day one of the US Open, where he held on for a 7-5 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(1) victory over 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny.

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The Australian will now face Andreas Seppi for a place in the third round after the Italian enjoyed a 6-3 6-1 6-4 victory at the expense of Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Ireland's James McGee, competing in his first ever grand slam, put up a fantastic effort but was beaten in four sets by fellow debutant Aleksandr Nedovyesov. McGee took the opening set but was eventually beaten 4-6 6-2 6-1 7-6(3).

Australian Open champion and third seed Stan Wawrinka is also into the second round having beaten Jiri Vesely 6-2 7-6(6) 7-6(3) on court Arthur Ashe.

Ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is safely through to the second round after a 6-3 4-6 7-6(2) 6-1 victory over Argentina's Juan Monaco.

Fernando Verdasco needed five sets to beat Blaz Rola. The 31st seed eventually won through 6-3 3-6 7-5 1-6 6-4.

Matthew Ebden is through to the second round after beating Tobias Kamke 6-4 6-3 7-6(2), while No.24 seed Julien Benneteau crashed to Benoit Paire, who won through in just over four hours on court with a 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 4-6 6-4 victory.

Matthias Bachinger enjoyed a straight sets victory against Radek Stepanek, having booked a second round spot with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 triumph. Leonardo Mayer, the No.23 seed, is through after his opponent Albert Montanes retired hurt.

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