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Top Seed Falls, Coric Extends Streak On Qualifying Day Three

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Darcis© Getty ImagesSteve Darcis will vie for a spot in the US Open main draw on Friday.

Veterans Darcis and Hernandez, rising talents Coric and Escobedo were among Day Three winners at US Open qualifying.

Malek Jaziri, the top seed at this year’s US Open qualifying competition, was downed 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1 by Marco Chiudinelli as the final-round matchups were set on Thursday. Chiudinelli hammered 13 aces and broke serve on four of nine chances. He will play Hiroki Moriya next.

30-year-old Steve Darcis, who is looking to make his Grand Slam main draw return following shoulder surgery, will battle 22 year old Emilio Gomez for a berth in the main draw. The Ecuadorian is the son of former World No. 4 and 1990 Roland Garros champion Andres Gomez.

Ricardas Berankis wrapped up a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 comeback win over home favourite Collin Altamirano. The No. 8 seed fired 21 winners and won 72 per cent of first serve points. He will face 27th-seed Alexander Kudryavtsev on Friday.

“It was tough to come up with an idea of how to play him," said Berankis to following the match. "I rushed in some moments in the first set, which made the difference. 

“The crowd was really good with me also. There were some nice points from his side, from my side. In the US Open, it doesn’t matter who you play against. If you’re a top guy or an American, maybe it makes a difference, but in my experience coming here for a few years, it’s been ok.

“Tomorrow is the last round against Kudryavtsev. I’ve played him a few months ago and I beat him. I’m feeling confident at the moment on the court. I hope for the best from myself."

18-year-old American wild card Ernesto Escobedo joined Rajeev Ram as the lone Americans to advance on Thursday, registering a second consecutive straight-set win, 6-2, 7-6(3) over James Duckworth.

Escobedo is one of three teenagers to move on, along with Japanese rising star Yoshihito Nishioka and defending US Open boys’ champion Borna Coric. Coric, 17, extended his win streak at Flushing Meadows to eight straight after defeating Stefan Kozlov 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a battle of highly-touted young guns.

In other action, 36-year-old Oscar Hernandez continued his dream run in his return to the Grand Slam stage after announcing his retirement in 2011. The Spaniard, who received a protected ranking entry into the draw, set up a meeting with Niels Desein after beating Guido Andreozzi 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 in two hours and seven minutes.

Ze Zhang and Di Wu will seek to become the first Chinese men in history to punch their ticket into the US Open main draw after both emerging in three sets. Zhang defeated American Austin Krajicek 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-2, while Wu rallied past Philipp Petzschner 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Rounding out the day’s action, Top 10 seeds Filip Krajinovic, Facundo Bagnis, Andreas Beck, Peter Gojowczyk and Peter Polansky also surged into the final qualifying round. Beck, who was down a set and a break to Sanam Singh, rallied for a 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-3 victory in the last match of the day, on a packed Court 13.

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