Seeded players Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez needed five sets to move into the third round of 2012 US Open. They will face Kei Nishikori and Andy Murray next.
Twelfth seed Croat Cilic got off to a good start against 123th-ranked German Daniel Brands as he was leading 2-0 in sets. Nevertheless, Brands managed to fight his way back into the match with two late breaks in the next two sets. The players were level until 5-5 in the decider when the Croat managed to converthis second break point of the set and paved his way to the third round. 2009 quarter-finalist Cilic hit one ace more than the German (16-15), but the latter allowed himself 71 unforced errors, almost twice as many as his rival. End result: 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 7-5.
The Lopez – Andujar-Alba clash had a similar course of events. 30th-seeded Lopez was two sets ahead, but Andujar-Alba pulled one back after the third-set tie-break. Furthermore, a comeback in the fourth set enabled him to get back on level terms with his Spanish compatriot. He continued to play well, went 4-2 up in the deciding set, but this time it was Lopez who turned around the set and won a four hours and nineteen minutes long “Spanish marathon” with 6-4, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 3-6, 7-5. However, he will have to produce something special in his next match in order to get past Andy Murray.
Cilic awaits seventeenth seed Kei Nishikori in next round. The Japanese dealt with 179th-ranked American Tim Smyczek in three straight sets: 6-2, 6-2, 6-4.