Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns a shot to Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Latest: Wawrinka knocks off No. 8 Dimitrov at US Open

August 27, 2018 - 1:55 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

Stan Wawrinka, the 2016 U.S. Open champion, has won his return to the tournament with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over No. 8 seed Grigor Dimitrov.

Wawrinka also ousted the Bulgarian in the first round at Wimbledon.

Wawrinka couldn't defend his U.S. Open title last year, forced to miss the tournament following two left knee surgeries. The three-time Grand Slam champion from Switzerland's ranking fell so low that he needed a wild card to make the U.S. Open field.

He easily won the first two sets, then rallied to take the third after receiving treatment on his legs early in the set.

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1:40 p.m.

Jack Sock is finally back in the singles win column.

The No. 18-seeded American snapped a seven-match losing streak in singles matches on tour with a 6-0, 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over Guido Andreozzi of Argentina in the first round of the U.S. Open.

It was Sock's first victory in singles since beating David Ferrer in Rome in May. He is just 6-15 this year after finishing 2017 with a career-best ranking of No. 8.

It's been a much better year in doubles, where Sock is 26-10 with four titles, including the Wimbledon championship alongside partner Mike Bryan.

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12:35 p.m.

Simona Halep has become the first No. 1-seeded woman to lose in first round of the U.S. Open in the professional era.

Halep was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by 44th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia on Monday in a match that was stunningly lopsided and lasted all of 76 minutes.

It was the first match at the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium.

Halep won the French Open in June for her first Grand Slam title.

But this is the second year in a row she exits the U.S. Open in the first round.

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11:45 a.m.

Top-ranked Simona Halep is off to another slow start at a Grand Slam tournament. She can only hope things turn out as well at the U.S. Open as they did at the French Open.

Playing in the first match at the rebuilt Louis Armstrong Stadium, Halep dropped her opening set against No. 44 Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2 in 28 minutes.

At Roland Garros in late May, Halep ceded the opening set of her first-round match by that same score against 83rd-ranked Alison Riske, before coming back to win that match 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 before eventually claiming her first major championship.

Halep lost in the first round at last year's U.S. Open to 2006 champion Maria Sharapova.

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10 a.m.

A long list of returns highlights Day 1 at the U.S. Open as the year's last Grand Slam tennis tournament gets started.

The schedule Monday includes Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka — all past champions at Flushing Meadows who missed last year's U.S. Open.

In addition, defending champions Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens are slated to play.

Williams will face Magda Linette in Arthur Ashe Stadium to start the night session, followed by Nadal against David Ferrer in a rematch of the 2013 French Open final.

No. 1-ranked Simona Halep takes on Kaia Kanepi in the first match ever played in the reconstructed Louis Armstrong Stadium, which now features a retractable roof.

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