Monday 27th August marked the first day of the US Open, with seeds Federer, Clijsters and Azarenka hardly breaking a sweat.
In two hours and fifteen minutes, despite a weaker first serve than in the London games, Murray won his match against Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-2 6-4 6-1. Federer dismantled American Donald Young 6-3 6-2 6-4 while Clijsters won her match against Victoria Duval 6-3 6-1. Victoria Azarenka blew past Russia's Alexandra Panova 6-0 6-1 in just 50 minutes, while Maria Sharapova beat Hungary's Melinda Czink 6-2 6-2; defending champion Samantha Stosur easily blitzed Croatia's Petra Martic 6-1 6-1. - Photos by Agencies
Young tennis fans wait to have their tennis balls signed by Andy Murray after he beat Bogomolov Jr.
Fireworks explode as actress/recording artist Jordin Sparks sings the national anthem during the opening ceremonies on Day One of the 2012 U.S. Open on August 27, 2012.
Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Donald Young of the U.S. during their opening night men's singles match.
Donald Young returns a point to Roger Federer.
Daniela Hantuchova, of Slovakia, reacts during a match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, of Russia.
Victoria Azarenka of Belarus serves the ball during her women's singles first round match against Alexandra Panova of Russian.
US Victoria Duval returns a point to Belgium's Kim Clijsters.
Go Soeda, of Japan, returns a shot to Mardy Fish.
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, reacts during her match with Melinda Czink of Hungary.
Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele returns a shot to Romania's Edina Gallovits-Hall.
Australia's Samantha Stosur returns a shot to Petra Martic of Croatia.
Britain's Andy Murray hits a return to Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia.
James Blake of the United States plays a backhand during his men's singles first round match against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia.