©Colette Lewis 2009--
There were some tight spots for several of the top seeds in the 18s division in third round play Tuesday, but the top eight seeds are among the 32 players remaining with a shot at the U.S. Open main draw wild card. Top seed Alex Domijan
On a perfect day for tennis--light breezes, low humidity, partly cloudy skies--the crowds were large, and it was standing room only around Stowe Stadium's court 3 when No. 3 seed Denis Kudla and Blake Davis needed a tiebreaker to decide the opening set. Davis didn't help his upset cause when he double faulted twice in the tiebreaker, but Kudla returned the favor on his first set point, failing to get a serve in play himself. At 6-5, Davis served and bravely charged the net, but missed the volley to give Kudla the set. Davis didn't go away in the second set, trading ground strokes with the 2008 Kalamazoo 16 finalist and moving forward often, but the oft-injured Texan couldn't sustain his effort after reaching 3-all. He called for a trainer trailing 5-3, but it didn't change the momentum, with Kudla finishing off the 7-6(5), 6-3 victory.
Top seed Alex Domijan was also taken to a first set tiebreaker on court 3, and lost the first three points of it to John Huang, but like Kudla, he came away with a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory.
"I thought he would get tight, and I made him play on his serve," said Domijan, who admitted that Huang's ability to hit through the fast court gave him trouble. "And I hit a lot of first serves."
Domijan, who put his height at 6-foot-6 1/2 inches, served better in the second set (he was broken twice in the first), came forward more successfully, and got a break at 3-3 to secure the win and a fourth round matchup with Georgia Tech sophomore Kevin King, the No. 19 seed.
The biggest upset of the day in the 18s saw No. 11 seed Junior Ore fall to Devin McCarthy 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. McCarthy, who has committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes, outslugged Ore from the baseline and held his nerve during some trying circumstances late in the match.
After Ore played a sloppy service game at 4-all in the third, and was broken, he asked for a trainer, who assisted him in removing the taping from both his ankles. After a long wait while Ore readied himself for play, McCarthy finally stepped to the service line. Ore immediately made an error to give McCarthy a 15-0 lead, but just as McCarthy was cranking a forehand winner on the next point, a loose ball rolled onto the court and a let was called. McCarthy then missed five consecutive serves to make it 15-30, but Ore missed a backhand, and on the next point, the luck went McCarthy's way. Ore broke a string on the return and the ball sailed long, giving McCarthy a match point, which he converted with a forehand that Ore couldn't handle.
The only other seeded player to lose in the 18s was No. 27 Clay Thompson, who was beaten by Ryan Noble 6-4, 6-2. Thompson and Ore are among the nine seeds who did not advance as expected into the fourth round.
The 16s fourth round has even fewer seeds, with only 19 remaining after Tuesday's third round.
Tenth seed Chase Curry was eliminated by Matthew Alves in a lengthy struggle on the Stowe backcourts 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 and No. 13 seed Jeremy Efferding was defeated by Daniel Ho 6-3, 6-3. Nick Chappell took out No. 31 seed Anthony Tsodikov in a match that was much closer than the 6-2, 6-1 score indicates, and No. 17 Andrew Adams fell to Michael Redlicki 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Top seed Jack Sock looked much sharper and healthier in his 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kristofer Yee than he had in Monday's second round win and No. 2 seed Shane Vinsant, although tested by Christopher Haworth, came through 6-4, 6-3. No. 3 seed Bjorn Fratangelo and No. 4 seed Jackson Withrow also won in straight sets.
Andrew Korinek, who had taken out No. 6 seed Dennis Mkrtchian so impressively on Monday went out to the diminutive Justin Carter 6-1, 6-1.
For complete results, including the late doubles scores, see ustaboys.com
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
©Colette Lewis 2009--