Martinez lifts five match balls to debut in NY

The Valencian lost by 0-2 and 5-6. Zapata also rallied to win his first Grand Slam win against Feliciano López. Andújar raised another 0-2 against Kukushkin.


Pedro Martínez starred in the Spanish feat of the first day of the US Open by beating the Australian Duckworth after saving five match points in the third set. In a very tense match, in which he came to face his rival, the Valencian came back to win 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 and 6-2 in 4:21. Four of those match-balls lifted them in the tiebreaker of that agonizing third set. He will face Russian Rublev, fifth seed, in the second round.

Martínez needed to execute 63 winning shots to counteract the 72 that his rival added, who shot the unforced errors until the 76, by 49 of the Spaniard. In the match there were eight breaks, five for Pedro, who unbalanced the match in two last magnificent sets. It is the first time that he has passed the first round in the American tournament in his second participation and has already won at least one match in all four Grand Slams.

Zapata debuts in majors

Bernabé Zapata achieved the first triumph of his career in a Grand Slam this Monday at the US Open. It had to be against another Spaniard, Feliciano López, at the Valencian's third attempt in as many participations. Zapata, a 24-year-old circuit worker, had tried unsuccessfully this year at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. He entered the main draw as a repechage for his ranking (116th) and this time he came back twice to win 5-7, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3 and 6-3 in 3:15 . Both were separated by 75 majors in terms of experience, between the three of Bernabé and the 78 that the incombustible Feliciano fulfilled, who does not think about retiring.

Zapata had merit against the furious López, who endorsed him 66 winners, 27 from direct service, although he also committed 55 errors for the 22 of his opponent. That was perhaps the difference that decided the match in favor of Bernabé, who will face Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round.

Andújar rebuilds against Kukushkin

Pablo Andújar also had to suffer, and a lot, to come back in his match against Kazakh Kukushkin. The Cuenca lost the first two sets to win 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and 6-2 in 4:14. The Spaniard will face another veteran in the second round, 37-year-old German Philipp Kohlschreiber. It is the fifth time that Andújar, who reached the round of 16 in 2019, has passed the premiere in New York.

In the third set he had to save five break points to avoid being out of the game on the fast track. That gave him the confidence to go for a victory that they know well because the effort was worth it.

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