Isner and Dolgopolov reach last 16 in New York

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Favorites Alexandr Dolgopolov, John Isner, and Stanislas Wawrinka have dropped an occasional set, but survived second round of 2012 US Open.

Former World No. 8 Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis was matched-up against fourteenth seed Ukrainian Dolgopolov on Court 17. The encounter was marked by high level of inconsistency as we could see some outstanding shots as well as plenty of unforced errors (45-46 from Dolgopolov’s point of view). The score was tied after the first two sets being decided by a single break each. The third set followed, yet only Dolgopolov seemed to have been present during those twenty-one minutes of play. Baghdatis could not score more than seven points and was not even close to winning any of the games. The Cypriot managed to recover after the third-set bagel and had two consecutive opportunities to serve out the fourth set, but has failed to do so. He then sealed his fate by gifting Dolgopolov the match point with his tenth double fault. The Ukrainian accepted the gift, won the tie-break, and advanced into third round with 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5).

Ninth seed American Isner put in a strong second-round performance on Louis Armstrong Stadium. He hit 23 aces, won 82% of first serve points, and struck 69 winners on his way to third round of US Open. He went 1-0 up, but his Finnish opponent Jarkko Nieminen equalized the score after the second-set tie-break. Nieminen then had three break point chances in the third set, yet he could not convert any of them. Recent Newport and Winstons-Salem winner Isner was more effective and took the set with a well-timed break in tenth game. Isner continued with an excellent serving display which allowed him to take advantage of a single fourth-set break. He finished off his opponent in style by converting his third match point with a powerful ace. End result: 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3.

The American will play German Philipp Kohlschreiber next, who won a long five set battle against the Frenchman Benoit Paire, prevailing 6-7, (4), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the end. Dolgopolov will face eighteenth-seeded Stannislas Wawrinka in round of 32. Federer’s Olympic doubles partner eliminated Belgian Steve Darcis in a three and half hours long five-setter: 6-7 (6), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

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