Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after defeating Borna Coric, of Croatia, in the first round of the U.S. Open Tennis tournament Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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World No. 1s Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic launched their U.S. Open title bids in ruthless style Monday, while Kei Nishikori's hopes of making another magical run to the final came to a shuddering halt.Eighth seed Rafa Nadal, a two-time U.S. Open champion, needed a bit more time to get the job done, the Spaniard taking nearly three hours to fight off a challenge from 18-year-old Croatian prospect Borna Coric 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4 .Frenchman Benoit Paire provided the big shock of the day, grinding out a 6-4 3-6 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 win over Nishikori, after the Japanese fourth seed squandered two match points in the fourth set tiebreak.Anna Tatishvili gave the home fans a reason to get excited as the 121st-ranked American qualifier destroyed Pliskova 6-2 6-1 while Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin kept the upsets trending with 2-6 7-5 6-3 victory over Jelena Jankovic, the 21st seed and 2008 U.S. Open runner-up.
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