US OPEN 2014
Coric, Darcis, Krajinovic Qualify At The US Open
New York City, U.S.A.
by Josh Meiseles|
Three Japanese and two Belgians advance, and a first for Moldova on the final day of US Open qualifying.
There was no shortage of drama and storylines on Day Four of US Open qualifying, as 16 men punched their tickets into the main draw.
Radu Albot survived a two-hour rain delay and James Ward to become the first player from Moldova to qualify for a Grand Slam. Albot won 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, saving six of seven break points faced. He will face 26th-seed Gilles Simon in his major debut.
Taro Daniel, a quarter-finalist in Vina del Mar earlier this year, staged a stunning rally to upset Peter Polansky 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 29 minutes. Polansky was broken while serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set and had the early lead in the decider following an immediate break of serve. Daniel would rally for the pulsating win, securing a spot in his first Grand Slam main draw.
The 21 year old joins countrymen Tatsuma Ito (d. Przysiezny) and Yoshihito Nishioka (d. Ilhan) as Japanese qualifiers. Nishioka is one of two teenagers to qualify as well, along with 2013 US Open boys champion Borna Coric.
At 17 years and nine months old, Coric will be the youngest player in the main draw after battling past Jimmy Wang 7-6(4), 6-1. Coric is the first junior titlist to qualify for the following year's men's main draw since Andy Murray did so in 2005, reaching the second round. He will duel with No. 29 seed Lukas Rosol in the first round.
"This was my best match so far, so I'm really pleased with that," said Coric to ATPWorldTour.com following the match. "I'm in the main draw now so I hope I can do well."
Steve Darcis, who just one year ago was recovering from shoulder surgery, did not drop a set the entire week, en route to clinching his first Grand Slam main draw berth since upsetting Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon 2013. The 5'10" right-hander was leading 6-1, 2-0 when Emilio Gomez, son of former World No. 4 Andres Gomez, retired due to injury.
"It has been a tough year for me," said Darcis. "After beating Nadal I had so many bad moments and now I feel great to get through to the main draw. I'm still feeling 100 per cent with the serve, but physically and from the baseline I'm feeling great.
"I think it's good for the country. It's not the biggest country, but we have David (Goffin) who's playing unbelievable, me who's trying to come back and a few more guys who lost in qualies but Belgian tennis is in great shape. After (WTA stars) Justine (Henin) and Kim (Clijsters), it's a bit different."
In other action, third-seed Filip Krajinovic and fourth-seed Facundo Bagnis were the highest-ranked players to survive and advance, while Irishman James McGee overcame an opening set bagel to Ze Zhang for the 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory. McGee will make his Grand Slam debut against Aleksandr Nedovyesov. Alexander Kudryavtsev, who owns the second-most match wins on the ATP Challenger Tour this year (28), qualified for just his second Grand Slam at age 28.