The 23-year-old wild card put on a dominant serving performance in a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win, firing 14 aces and winning 88 percent (50/57) of the points after his first delivery against Bautista Agut.
Wolf has made good progress this season. He reached the top 100 on the Pepperstone ATP rankings for the first time on August 1, and celebrated that achievement by reaching his first tour-level quarterfinals that same week in Washington.
Former Ohio State Buckeye reached the third round in New York in 2020 in the main draw debut. Will try to keep up with this run Alejandro Tabilo in the second round that year after defeating the Chilean Kamil Majchrzak 6-1, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-1.
Things were a little more complicated for Wolf’s compatriot Thomas Paul in his opening game. The 29th seed was pushed into the distance Bernabe Zapata Miralles but finished strongly on Court 11 for a 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-0, 7-5 win in the first round.
Home favorite Paul twice fell behind in his first ATP Head2Head meeting against Zapata Miralles but found frequent success after his return, breaking his opponent’s serve seven times en route to a three-hour and 10-minute win.
Next, Paul faces an all-American blockbuster conflict Sebastian Kordawho prevailed against the Argentine qualifier 5:7, 7:6(3), 7:5, 6:1 Facundo Bagnis. World No. 52 Korda, who sits 18 places behind Paul in the Pepperstone ATP rankings, leads his compatriot 3-0 in the pair’s ATP Head2Head series.
Wolf wasn’t the only home wildcard to progress after #NextGenATP-Star on Day 1 at Flushing Meadows Emilio Nava defeated John Millman 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-1. Nava’s reward for his maiden US Open win is a second round duel against the 2012 champion and former world No. 1 Andy Murray.
There was disappointment for a trio of home players on opening day Ben Shelton, Denis Kudl and Maxim Cressy. 19-year-old #NextGenATP Shelton narrowly missed out on victory in his first match since announcing he was turning pro last week. Shelton saved a match point in the fourth set tiebreak to force a decider Nuno Borgesbut the Portuguese held on to win a marathon 7-6(6) 3-6 7-6(5) 6-7(8) 6-3.
World No. 96 Kudla failed to sustain his glittering start Karen Khachanovwith the 27th seed dominating 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 while Marton Fucsovics Cressy advanced to the second round after Cressy was eliminated as the 30th seedling from the first round clash between the two with the Hungarian lead 6-7(4) 7-5 5-1.