©Colette Lewis 2010--
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The five wins by American boys in Tuesday's second round action ran the gamut. There was a 38-minute blowout, a come-from-behind victory, a second set reversal, a long two-setter and a retirement.
Dennis Novikov was leading No. 7 seed Duilio Beretta of Peru 2-6, 7-6(5), 4-1 in the final set when Beretta retired.
"In the third set, I got up pretty quick, broke him first game, held, then at 4-1 deuce, he retired due to cramping," Novikov said, admitting to a little surprise when Beretta could not continue. "In the third set he was kind of slowing down a little bit, not getting to as many balls as he did in the first and second sets."
Novikov, who recently began training at Bollettieri's Academy in Bradenton, put his level of play at 8, on a scale of 1 to 10.
"I didn't play my best. In the first set, my first serve wasn't great, but I picked it up in the second and third, served really well."
Prior to the match, the 16-year-old received some advice from the legendary coach who is now overseeing his training.
"He said don't be so nervous, and play for fun," Novikov said. "Last year I played here and lost a tough match to (Tiago) Fernandes, but this year I'm better, doing better, playing well, so I'm here to win even more matches."
He will play unseeded Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan in Thursday's third round.
Evan King had the quick match, with the unseeded wild card beating Mate Delic of Croatia 6-0, 6-0. No. 10 seed Denis Kudla came from behind for the second straight match, this time defeating Kevin Krawietz of Germany 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. The longtime friends and junior tennis rivals will play in the the third round on Thursday.
Mitchell Frank, the No. 16 seed, took the first set from the powerful but erratic Oliver Golding of Great Britain 6-4, but Golding looked more determined to eliminate the unforced errors at the start of the second set. He broke Frank, and serving at 2-1, had a 40-0 lead, but he lost that game and the next four in a row. Frank will now play No. 2 seed and Wimbledon boys champion Marton Fucsovics of Hungary, who for the second straight match, lost the first set but pulled out a win. Fucsovics ended the run of qualifier Alexios Halebian 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Andrea Collarini again needed nearly an hour for each set, but unlike Monday, when it was three sets, the U.S. wild card beat unseeded Guilherme Clezar of Brazil on the Grandstand in two, 7-6(1), 6-3. He will play Filip Horansky of Slovakia on Thursday.
The only two U.S. girls advancing on Tuesday were those who played a compatriot. Qualifier Robin Anderson beat wild card Kyle McPhillips 6-3, 6-0, and wild card Sachia Vickery defeated qualifier Brooke Austin 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Wild card Caroline Price put up a spirited fight against No. 1 seed Daria Gavrilova of Russia, but came out on the losing end of a 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 score.
Qualifier Chanelle Van Nguyen had the opportunity to play on the Grandstand court against No. 8 seed Laura Robson, but she fell short of extending the 2008 Wimbledon girls champion to a third set, losing 6-3, 7-6(3). Anderson is Robson's third round opponent.
Although the U.S. girls couldn't pull off the upsets, there were two big ones today. 2010 Wimbledon girls champion Kristyna Pliskova, the No. 7 seed from the Czech Republic, lost to Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 6-4. Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, the 2010 Roland Garros girls finalist, repeated her win in Paris over No. 3 seed Irina Khromacheva of Russia 6-3, 6-3.
It wasn't a good day for No. 2 seeds in doubles. Seconds seeds in the girls draw, Kristyna and Karolina Pliskova, were defeated by (and this will take me a while--thank goodness I don't have to pronounce it, just type it) Ganna Poznikhirenko of Ukraine and Zarah Razafimahatratra of Madagascar 7-6(4), 6-3.
Boys No. 2 seeds Renzo Olivo and Agustin Velotti of Argentina lost to the unseeded U.S. wild card team of Collarini and Jack Sock 6-2, 6-0. Collarini and Sock have never played doubles together prior to today.
For Tuesday's complete results and order of play for Wednesday, see usopen.org.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010