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  • Cilic advances, Lapentti stuns Wawrinka

    9/2/09 4:15 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Cilic advances, Lapentti stuns Wawrinka Nicolas Lapentti comes back from two sets down to upset Stanislas Wawrinka in five sets at the U.S. Open on Tuesday evening. Lapentti is joined in the second round by Marin Cilic and Taylor Dent.

    (16) Marin Cilic d. Ryan Sweeting 7-6(2), 6-4, 7-6(4)

    Cilic took out Sweeting in two hours and 25 minutes on Tuesday afternoon to reach the second round of the U.S. Open. The 6'6'' Croat has struggled on the hard courts this summer, and although he finished off Sweeting in straight sets, it was far from a commanding performance against the No. 141 player in the world. Cilic threw away breaks in both the first and third sets, but his big-match experience proved to be decisive in two tiebreakers. The world No. 17 served at just 52 percent, but his power off the ground was too much for Sweeting. Surprisingly, Cilic made most of his 37 errors off the backhand side, but he countered those mistakes with 39 winners. Sweeting, a 22-year-old American who received a wild card into the main draw, struck 27 winners against 41 unforced errors. Next up for Cilic is another American wild card in Jesse Levine, a straight-set winner over Teimuraz Gabashvili.

    Nicolas Lapentti d. (19) Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6, 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-6(3), 6-3

    Lapentti staged an absolutely unbelievable comeback on Tuesday night in the first round of the U.S. Open to oust Wawrinka after four hours and 43 minutes of grueling tennis. The 33-year-old Ecuadorian did not have to save any match points, but after losing the first two sets, he twice went down a break in the third. Lapentti fought back both times and eventually won the third 8-6 in a tiebreaker. He also fell behind a break in the fourth set, but again stormed back to win it in a tiebreaker. From there Wawrinka could not recover. The 19th-seeded Swiss struggled to win any points at all against his opponent's serve in the fifth and surrendered his own serve twice, including at 3-5 to end the match. Always known as one of the sport's best fighters, Lapentti has now won 27 five-set matches in his lengthy career, including six after being two sets down.

    Taylor Dent d. Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3, 7-5

    For the first time since briefly retiring from tennis due to back surgery, Dent won a match at Grand Slam. The 28-year-old American did it by coming back from one set down to dispatch Lopez in two hours and 50 minutes on Tuesday night. Dent had to win the second set 8-6 in a tiebreaker in order to prevent falling in a two-set hole. After winning the 'breaker, Dent took control of the match with big serves and forehands. He survived a marathon service game at 6-5 in the forth to close out the hard-fought victory. Lopez did his best to hang in there by striking 42 winners against 35 unforced errors, but he could not keep up with his opponent, who blasted 59 winners while making 44 mistakes. Dent also added 18 aces. Next up for the sentimental favorite is Ivan Navarro, a surprise straight-set winner over Ivo Karlovic.



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