• Reynolds, Kunitsyn survive Miami thrillers

    3/27/09 5:32 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Reynolds, Kunitsyn survive Miami thrillers Bobby Reynolds and Igor Kunitsyn prevail in three sets on Thursday at the Sony Ericsson Open. Juan Monaco also advances.

    Bobby Reynolds d. Juan Ignacio Chela 0-6, 7-5, 6-4

    Reynolds came back from the dead twice on Thursday evening at the Masters Series Miami before outlasting Chela in two hours and nine minutes. The 26-year-old American put in just 35 percent of his first serves in the opening set and as a result did not win a single game, going down 6-0. Seemingly out of the match, Reynolds continued to struggle on serve in set two. Nonetheless, his return and all-court game improved dramatically and Chela surrendered two breaks of his own as the set progressed to 5-5. Reynolds held and broke for a third time to level the match at one set apiece. Momentum changed hands swiftly once again, as Chela stormed two a two-break advantage to all but finish his opponent once and for all. In front of a Grandstand crowd that Reynolds desperately attempted to engage, the world No. 4 fought back to even it up at 4-4. A hold followed by a third straight break finished off the improbable win for Reynolds, who collapsed to the ground in triumph following match point. Next up for Reynolds is No. 18 seed Radek Stepanek.

    Juan Monaco d. Marc Gicquel 6-0, 6-4

    Monaco needed just one hour and 17 minutes to set up a second-round clash with Andy Murray. The Argentine bageled Gicquel in the first set and lost a mere 10 points in doing so. Gicquel struggled to keep balls in play and his serve did absolutely nothing against Monaco. The second frame of play was more competitive as the Frenchman saved nine break points early in the set to stay on serve. At 4-4, however, Monaco finally capitalized on his 10th chance and he went on to serve out the match with ease for 6-4. Monaco, ranked 59th in the world, will be taking on the fourth-seeded Murray for the first time in their careers on Saturday.

    Igor Kunitsyn d. Guillermo Canas 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-3

    Kunitsyn outlasted Canas in a two hour and 59 minute marathon on Thursday night in the Stadium. A grueling opening frame of play set the table for the entire match. Kunitsyn broke right away to start the match, but Canas got back on even terms midway through the first. Neither man could consistently gain an upper hand in furious baseline rallies as the set progressed to a tiebreaker. Kunitsyn was too tough at the end--winning the 'breaker seven points to two--but Canas turned the tables at the clutch moments of the second set. The Argentine's third break of the set gave him a 6-5 lead and he served it out to force a decisive third. Kunitsyn regained momentum with a break at 1-0 and that proved to be enough. The 37th-ranked Russian had to save four break points at 4-2, but an easy service hold at 5-3 booked him a place in the second round against Fernando Gonzalez.

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"Chela stormed two a two-break advatange?" need some English editing here

"Reynolds desperately attempted to engage, the world No. 4 fought back"- world number 4 is Reynolds? I don't think so. But thanks for the reporting - was perhaps written in a hurry!

livinlux , 3/27/09 1:29 PM

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