Alexei Popyrin is the first Australian to progress on day one of the US Open with a four-sets win over Radu Albot of Moldova.
Popyrin triumphed 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 in 2 hours and 37 minutes to set up a second-round clash with Grigor Dimitrov.
Ranked 62 in the world coming in, the emerging Aussie crunched 51 winners and sent down 13 aces in a polished and controlled display.
Popyrin jumped out of the blocks in the first set, winning 94% of points on first serve and went 6/6 when volleying in at the net as he claimed an early break and took it 6-3.
In the second set he threw in 4 double faults, including a crucial one in the tie break which opened the door for Albot who squared the match at a set apiece.
Popyrin would commit 32 unforced errors in the second set as he momentarily lost his range.
In the third set the decisive break came in the 6th game when Popyrin rattled off 4 points in a row, 3 from clean winners.
In the Fourth set the Australian dropped only five points on serve as he ran out a strong winner, breaking twice to secure the set 6-3.
Popyrin would face only 1 break point for the entire match in a pleasing display by the 23 year old.
His next opponent is former US Open semi finalist Grigor Dimitrov, the pair having met in Melbourne earlier this year in the lead up to the Aus Open, with Dimitrov winning in 3 sets.
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