US OPEN 2014
Berdych Wrestles Past Klizan In US Open Second Round; Fognini Falls
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych withstood an upset bid by Slovakian Martin Klizan in the US Open second round, with the Czech advancing 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 as the day session pushed into evening in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday.
"It's a good challenge. The conditions were tough again," said Berdych. "You start with the sun, then you end up with the lights. It was quite windy, as well. [Klizan] played well. I'm happy to have that under my belt, to win another five-setter, and just go forward."
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The 17th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut posted his best result in Flushing Meadows after a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win over American wild card Tim Smyczek in one hour and 37 minutes, a different affair compared to his gruelling five-set opener against Germany's Andreas Haider-Maurer in the first round.
"I had to improve my level to win today, and I did it," said Bautista Agut. "I was more calm and more aggressive today."
Last year, in his New York debut, the World No. 19 bowed out in the second round (l. to Ferrer). Bautista has since catapulted up the rankings - from No. 59 at the end of 2013 to the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, with the help of his first ATP World Tour titles (’s-Hertogenbosch, Stuttgart).
Bautista Agut next faces unseeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who took out American wild card Tim Smyczek 6-4, 6-4, 6-1. The World No. 89 struck 12 aces to book his third-round berth, equalling his best result in Flushing (2013, l. to Federer).