Monaco loses in a five set thriller, Wawrinka through at the US Open

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Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez staged an amazing comeback against the no.10 seed Argentine Juan Monaco as he fought back from two sets down to eventually prevail with a 3-6  1-6  6-4  7-6 (6)  7-6 (3) scoreline.

The match looked done and dusted as Monaco broke his opponent’s serve five times alltogether to storm to a two set lead. He then went up a break in the third set and very few in the crowd would have counted on Garcia-Lopez to come back from this. However, not only did the Spaniard manage to break back, he took the Argentine’s serve once more to close out the set 6-4. Both players held their serves throughout the fourth set and the tiebreak was to decide the outcome of it. Garcia-Lopez held his nerve and to the cheer of the New York crowd, he levelled the score at two sets all. The Spaniard then carried the momentum into the decider and had a huge opportunity to serve out the match at 5-3, but as he failed to do so, he just added a little bit more drama to an already super tensed encounter. Monaco went on to level the score at 5-5 and earned himself a few break point opportunities, but failed to covert any of them and the decider went into a ‘breaker’. With the Spaniard finding an extra gear in the last minutes of the match, he sealed the set and the match after 4 hours and 31 minutes.

Stats of the match: Garcia-Lopez hit 42 winners to 75 unforced errors and managed to convert 5 out of 12 break points. Monaco produced 34 winners to 44 unforced errors and converted 8 out of 28 break points.

Next up for the Spaniard will be Italian Fabio Fognini, who defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France in another five set drama, winning 3-6  5-7  6-4  6-4  7-5.

Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka also had to dig deep to secure his place in the second round of the tournament. The no.18 seed Wawrinka overcame Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in four sets 6-7 (6)  7-6 (2)  6-4  6-2.

Both players held their serves to take the first set into a tiebreak, with the Ukrainian winning it by a minimum margin. Even the total points won (Stakhovsky 38 vs Wawrinka 41) suggest how tight the set was.

With one break of serve on either side, set two was almost an exact copy of the first one. Only this time around it was the Swiss who kept his composure and stormed to a 7-2 tiebreak win, levelling the match at one set apiece.

Wawrinka then stepped up a gear and captured the following two sets with relative ease, booking himself a second round encounter against Belgian Steve Darcis, who eliminated Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 3-6  6-1  6-1  6-1.

Also though to the next round is Frenchman Julien Benneteau after dismissing Olivier Rochus of Belgium with a 7-6 (1)  6-2  6-3 scoreline and German Philipp Petzschner, who overcame another Frenchman Nicolas Mahut in a five set battle 1-6  4-6  6-4  7-5  7-6 (3).

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