Flushing Meadows (New York), Aug 30 : Paolo Lorenzi of Italy and Alaz Bedene of Slovakia kept the spectators on the edge of their seats and they fought for over four hours against their respective rivals in the men's singles second round matches in the US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center here.
The longest match of the day was contested between Paolo Lorenzi and Mimir Kecmanovic of Serbia. The energy consuming match lasted four hours and 48 minutes which went in favour of Paolo Lorezzi who won by 7-6 (13-11), 6-7 (2-7), 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-3 in four hours and three minutes.
The second longest marathon match was contested between Alaz Bedene of Slovakia and Benoit Paire of France. Bedene survived to move into third round with a hard-fought 4-6, 6-7 (7-3), 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) verdict.
Down by two sets, Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan overcame stiff resistance from Thomas Fabbiano of Italy in five-setter match which continued for three hours and 40 minutes. Bublik clinched the match with 6-7 (3-7), 5-7, 6-4, 6-4,6-3 triumph.
Trailing by two sets, Hyeon Chung of Korea kept his nerves in the tie-breaker after sharing four sets and 6-6 tied in the fifth and final set to score hard-fought 1-6, 2-6 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the marathon men's singles match which lasted three hours and 21 minutes against Fernando Verdasco of Spain, seeded 32nd, on court No. 10. In the tie-breaker, the Korean played raced to a 5-0 lead and went on to win it by 7-3 and the match with a backhand volley winner.
Chung committed 52 unforced errors in comparison to 65 by his rival. Chung fired eight aces but committed nine double faults. Verdasco unleashed 10 aces and committed six double faults. The second longest encounter was fought between Alexander Zverev of Germany and Frances Tiafoe of USA. Zverev, seeded sixth had to struggle for three hours and nine minutes to overcome his rival in five-setter game by 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Zverev fired 22 aces and committed 11 double faults. He released 63 winners. Tiafoe unleashed six aces and committed two double faults. He committed 47 unforced errors and the American player had 41 winners on his scoresheet.
Twenty three years old American Taylor Townsend posted a stunning victory over fourth seed and Wimbledon champion Simona Halep of Romania 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 in women's singles second round match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The duration of the match was 124 minutes. Townsend capitalised 37 net points out of 106 (60 percent) to register her biggest win of her career.
Winner of 19 singles titles, Halep won six out of 10 net points. She won four out of 11 breakpoints while Townsend won three out of seven break points. Townsend committed 42 unforced errors while Halep committed 23 unforced errors. (UNI)