2012 US Tennis Open, Day 4: Happiness and Heartbreak in American Wins/Losses
As the younger, rising tennis stars of tomorrow show their hunger for competition and devour the older, more experienced players, in the earlier rounds we are witnessing those seeded for the tournament having to defend their ranks with more strenuousness and vitality than ever before. Day four was exceptional for tennis in its history making heartbreaks and happinesses.
Seeded players like Croatian Marin Cilic (13) who played opponent Daniel Brands (ranked 123) from Germany, was forced to crank out an exhausting 5 set match before he was able to best Brands (6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 7-5). The youthful beast is hungry and needs to be fed: notice Cilic was up the first two sets then Brands took over and it was all Cilic could do to keep sane and close out the match.
The same phenomenon happened to Feliciano Lopez (ranked 31) in his second round match against Pablo Andujar (ranked 37). Both men are from Spain. Experienced (10 times at the US Open) Lopez (31-years-old) by blew by Andujar for the first two sets. I left the match believing Lopez would finish his quick work. Never say never. I checked my US Open app two hours later and nearly fainted to see the match was proceeding to the fifth set. The worm had turned and Andujar was trouncing Lopez 4-3 in the fifth. When I returned to Court 7, Lopez was able to gather his resolve and close the match, but he struggled as evidenced by the scores: 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (tiebreak) 3-6, 7-5. The match had lasted over four hours.
Likewise, Spain's Nicolas Amalgro (12) tortured by Germany's Philipp Petzschner (ranked 106) nearly lost it on the Grandstand and was only able to crack a smile after his win against the German, 6-3, 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 when in exhaustion, happines and recognition of the excellent playing of Petzschner, he collapsed on the court to the whooping cheers of the fans.Continued on the next page