Shapovalov in upset as Zverev follows Tsonga out of US Open

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Also advancing to the second round were 15th-seeded Tomas Berdych, 18th-seeded Gael Monfils, Argentina's 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, the 24th seed, Adrian Mannarino and Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Edmund, who reached the fourth round previous year, came through in straight sets, winning 7-5 6-2 7-6 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for only the second time in his career and he will next face Denis Shapovalov who ended Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's hopes.

The 61st-ranked Coric screamed in triumph when Zverev sailed a forehand over the baseline to end the match.

"There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day, the one-percenters". I'm very happy. I came out with my level the way it was, did what I needed to do, the tactics, controlling the match, said Edmund. I felt like I should have been the favourite there. The third one was big because those key points, they're what change matches.

"I played unbelievable today", Shapovalov said.

Zverev, who has won five titles this year, including two on hardcourts this summer, has an overwhelming lead in the standings, with Coric a distant third.

It was a case of who blinked first in the opening set as Zverev and Coric went head-to-head early in the battle of the 20-year-olds.

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Alexander Zverev's wait for a Grand Slam breakthrough goes on after the German lost to fellow young gun Borna Coric in the second round of the US Open.

"It's that NextGen thing, you know, what ATP is promoting", said Coric. I know that I could have done something that I haven't done before.

With Andy Murray pulling out of the tournament, the German was the highest ranked seed in his half of the draw and had good chance to make it into the second week. Here's what tennis followers on Twitter had to say after the first big upset in the men's singles draw at Flushing Meadows.

"For me, this is just another step". But that's how it is.

Zverev's defeat leaves 2014 champion and Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic, a 6-3 6-3 6-3 victor over Florian Mayer in round two, as the highest seed in the bottom half.

Next he will face Diego Schwartzman after the Argentine defeated Janko Tipsarevic 6-2 6-4 7-5.

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