Blake, who has twice made the quarterfinals at the Open, won the first two sets against the 54th-ranked Lacko before the rain delay.
Other players starting Monday included third-seeded Andy Murray of Britain, coming off his Olympic gold medal. He was facing Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia. Top-seeded Roger Federer plays American Donald Young in the night session.
Also playing in Arthur Ashe Stadium are No. 3 Maria Sharapova, against Melinda Czink of Hungary, and No. 23 Kim Clijsters, opening the final tournament of her career with a first-round match against American Victoria Duval. Clijsters missed last year with an injury, but has won the tournament the past three times she’s entered — in 2005, 2009 and 2010.
The Williams sisters, No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 20 Andy Roddick, the 2003 champion, are among those who start later in the week.
AP National Writer Eddie Pells contributed to this report.
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