LITESPORT He started his run here in 2004 in the final against me and, so it would be nice if I could finish it! Rafa Nadal got his US Open title quest under way with a routine 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 win over Richard Gasquet, the French playerwhoisonlyjustbackfrom a two-month ban for cocaine use. Nadal said: I am fresher thaneverinthistournamentbut I dont know if this is good. Murray has urged British captain John Lloyd to select 19- year-old Dan Evans, the world No309, as the second singles player for the vital relegation Davis Cup tie with Poland in Liverpool,startingon18Septem- ber. Murray said: I want Dan to playandweneedtostartlooking to the future. He is a good player and is talented. 40 Thursday, 3 September 2009 London Lite Inbrief Brad luck keeps Haddin home AUSTRALIA wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa this month as he recovers from surgery to a finger. Haddin, 31, broke his left ring finger on the morning of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston and was replaced by South Australian Graham Manou but returned just days later and kept wicket in the final two matches of the series which England won 2-1. Theres a lot Ryder-ing on it GRAEME McDOWELL began his bid to keep his Ryder Cup place today with a birdie. The 30-year-old Northern Irishman, well aware that the number of automatic places in Colin Montgomeries team next year is down from 10 to nine, was among the early starters in the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre. McDowell remained one under par after four holes. Trev needs a masterstroke LAST YEARS Masters champion Trevor Immelman is not expecting a Presidents Cup call-up from Greg Norman next week unless he does something truly spectacular in Switzerland first. Im sure Greg is looking for two guys who have been playing well lately. Ive not even been playing, said the South African. Immelman makes only his third appearance since May at the Omega European Masters today. Casey makes a withdrawal PAUL CASEYS rib muscle tear is taking longer to heal than he hoped and he has now withdrawn from this weeks Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. The world number three did not feel able to hit any more than a sand wedge during practice for the second leg of the FedEx Cup play- off series. Casey, 32, who suffered the injury at The Open in July, withdrew from the US PGA and last weeks Barclays tournament. A-Rod inspires Yankees win NEW YORK YANKEES completed a series sweep with an emphatic 10-2 victory over Baltimore Orioles at the top of baseballs American League East. Alex Rodriguez topped his 2,500th career hit with a pair of two-run singles and the Yankees then produced a seven-run ninth inning for their sixth successive win. Boston Red Sox went down 8-5 to Tampa Bay, who are now within five games of leaders Boston. Sisters doing it for themselves DEFENDING champion Serena Williams made some adjustments to power her way into the US Open third round. World No2 Williams (inset), bidding for a fourth US Open title and 12th Grand Slam, took just 53 minutes to see off Hungarys Melinda Czink 6-1, 6-1 under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Williams, also the reigning Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, said: I think I kept my unforced errors low tonight. I definitely made some adjustments. I was really pumped coming out here and I knew I had to play really good. In the other quarter of Serenas half of the draw, sister Venus also triumphed. The 2000 and 2001 champion, overcame a troublesome left knee to book her place in the third round with a battling 6-4, 6-2 straight-sets win over fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The older Williams sister insisted: I love playing this event and Im going to do my best to win every round. Wear and tear puts a lot on your body. Its September now and I started in December so I guess its not a surprise that at this time of year things start to get a little sore and start to hurt. But, you know, Im very determined to still play my best tennis. Williams made some adjustments champion, said: I think I kept my In the other quarter of Serenas half of the draw, sister Venus also triumphed. The 2000 and 2001 champion, overcame a troublesome left knee to In the pink: Venus Williams shrugged off the pain of her injured left knee to advance to the third round of the US Open yesterday Fit Murray has a great chance admits Federer Smashing: Roger Federer on his way to victory last night ROGER FEDERER admitted today that Andy Murray is a serious threat to his bid for a record-equalling sixth succes- sive US Open title. The Swiss, who will face Lley- ton Hewitt in the third round after his 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Simon Greul last night, said: Andy is definitely in the best shape of his life and has one more yearof experience.Hes got a great chance to do well this year. The only thing is that he hasnt won a Slam yet but hes still quite young. Federer is set to face Hewitt for the 23rd timeandtheSwiss has won the last 1 3 i n a row. Hewitt, the 31st seed, defeated Ju a n I g n ac io Chela 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 and said: Theres not a lot of guys that have been able to beat Roger -- especially here. BY NEAL COLLINS ANDY MURRAY has identified a potential weakness in Paul Capdeville when the pair meet in the second round of the US Open tonight. The 22-year-old Scot (left) reached the final last year and has already worked out the best way to beat the Miami-based 87th-ranked Capdeville. He said: I havent seen him play for a long time. I know what his technique and his game is like. 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