Oakley's Almagro Scores Emotional 5-Set Victory!
Yesterday provided the most emotionally driven roller-coaster ride tennis match so far at this year’s US Open.
The match produced 29 aces, 102 winners and lasted a marathon length of three hours and 35 minutes.
Oakley’s hard hitting Spaniard from Murcia entered Louis Armstrong Stadium Court ready to make his presence known to the heavily favored American based Ginepri crowd.
The first set went to a tie-break with Robby finding a little more inside to grab the early lead, but that did not deter Nicolas from grabbing the next two sets pretty handedly 6-2 and 6-3.
As the sun set on Louis Armstrong Stadium Court, the match became super heated with a ruckus New York crowd cheering on Ginepri as he clawed his way back into the match, evening the score at two sets a piece.
This did not seem to bother the Spaniard, as he only dug deeper to find his own cheering section in the players box providing him with the needed push.
As the fifth set began it was obvious this was by far the match of the day, if not the tournament.
The fifth set produced several breaks of service, swinging the momentum back and forth to the crowds delight.
But at four all in the final set, Almagro found a fifth gear to match the set and break Ginepri for a final time.
Nicolas said his legs were cramping when he decided to stop and take a look at Robby’s close shot at 40-15 in the final game. The 32nd-seeded Spaniard took an injury timeout before serving for the match and said his legs started bothering him at the end of the first set.
“The decision was when I ran I grab my legs and I say if the ball is out we finish the match,” a chuckling Almagro said. “I know that the ball was close but I think on court that it was good.”
Ginepri’s ball touched the line, making it 40-30. The American also won the next point to get to deuce and had a break chance later, but hit a backhand wide.
Almagro went on to hold and reach the third round for the third straight year, equaling his best U.S. Open result. He now plays fellow countryman and world number three, Rafael Nadal.
“I’m very happy with my tennis and my attitude on court,” said Almagro. “And now I get to rest and prepare for my next match.”
Nicolas plays Rafael on Sunday – make sure to catch the Spaniard in his black on black Warrant watch on CBS.
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