Roger Federer was surprised a bit by his unranked opponent on Monday night, but prevailed and joined some other big names in winning their first round US Open matches. Federer defeated Santiago Giraldo 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Monday evening. He struggled a bit in his first two sets, but took the third without much trouble. It was Federer's 224th career Grand Slam victory.
Maria Sharapova also was a bit shaky in her first round match against Heather Watson of Great Britian. Watson won the first set 6-3, but Sharapova rebounded and took the next two 7-5, 6-3 for the win.
In comparison, Venus Williams won her opening round match handily, defeating Vesna Dolonts in just two sets, 6-4, 6-3. American Mardy Fish, who tennis insiders believe is in for a breakout performance at the US Open, also won easily, defeating Tobias Kamke 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.