The Spanish player said goodbye to the first exchange of the US Open. Maxime Cressy eliminated Pablo Carreño by 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7) in three hours and 32 minutes.
The man from Gijón reached that precious Grand Slam that had performed so well and with the great result of last year where he reached the semifinals. He ran into a highly motivated American like Cressy who is making great strides with service being his fundamental weapon.
Carreño opens differences
During the first set, the Spanish player had to be very attentive as Maxime had his chances for the rest. There were up to four break balls in the game that needed to be placed at 2-2 to continue with the equality. Later, in the spicy moments of the set, another dangerous situation arrived with break balls that became set. It would be up to three, but Carreño knew how to maintain concentration to be able to put the 5-5 and immediately afterwards it was he who found the formula to be able to break that powerful serve of the American. He sealed the win in the first set to the first set ball.
In the next round, the seed No.9 of the draw managed to open even more differences and get very close to victory, after reaching 0-40 and taking advantage of it the first time. That break was transcendent since no more was experienced. However, Maxime wasn’t about to leave Flushing Meadows yet, and in the third time she came in forcefully. He got a break that gave him wings and then he got another that led him to close the third set with 6-1 in just 22 minutes.
In the fourth, the situation of the services continued almost intact for both parties, but Cressy with that game of little rhythm was having the Spanish tennis player very far from his comfort zone. He took advantage of a break ball and pushed his sleeve forward with a 6-4.
El tie-break final
The fifth set was going to be full of emotion with the public very devoted to what was happening on the court. The stands were full of people. The two remained very focused and this match could not end without reaching sudden death. The ninth seed came in better and being more consistent, he went 4-1. After the change of ends, another mini break from Carreño returned to 5-2 and two at-bats to serve. He started with a double fault but then he got the match ball with that 6-3. Cressy saved the first attacking the net and at a similar point the American with nothing to lose, came back up to define. The third match ball would come from the Spaniard’s serve, but a double fault took him to 6-6.
A new meeting ball appeared for Pablo, but Maxime’s offensive game prevented him with an exact definition on the net. Later, it was Cressy who had a match ball at 8-7 and he was able to harvest it, leading to the anger of a Carreño who ended up throwing the racket to the ground while the effusive public chanted his compatriot.