US OPEN 2014
At US Open, Estrella Continues Dream Season
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic added to his banner season, today notching a 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win against qualifier Borna Coric, 17 years his junior, in the US Open second round.
The triumph pushed the 34-year-old Estrella into his deepest run in a Grand Slam, and sets up a clash with fifth seed Milos Raonic.“I had a lot of emotions while serving for the match and serving at match point,” said Estrella, “I cannot believe that I'm in this situation. I was going to make the third round of the US Open. I was a little nervous, and it was very, very emotional for me. Thank God I got the point. After that, I got more [teary-eyed].”
The 17-year age difference between Estrella and his Croatian opponent is the biggest age difference in a US Open match in the Open Era.
With the third-round berth, the 80th-ranked Estrella is guaranteed to rise past his career-high No. 79 (11 August) in the Emirates ATP Rankings.
Estrella made history in March by becoming the the first player from the Dominican Republic to enter the Top 100. The rankings boost led to a direct acceptance into the Roland Garros main draw, sending the right-hander into the record books as the first Dominican player to compete in a Grand Slam.
The significance of these achievements is not lost on the Santiago native.
“This [win] makes me very strong because I know where I’m from," said Estrella. "I am from the Dominican Republic. I think I’m paving the way for other players. This make me more hungry to do better and better. That makes me a winner, not just for today.
“[Dominicans] are very happy. This is very special for me, to have come a very, very long way," Estrella added. "I had no idea before, when I was 18 years old, about this kind of tournament. But now I'm enjoying it so much. This makes me like every day of my career - doesn't matter my age. Every time I go on the court, it makes me stronger."