Henman Stays Alive in Last US Open, Federer v Isner Ahead

Posted on August 30, 2007

Tim Henman showed he will not go into retirement quietly Wednesday, with the unseeded Brit who says this is his final US Open upsetting No. 27 seed Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 before a packed house on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

"I've been on the receiving end of defeats from him in the other Slams," said Henman who was at his chip-charging best. "Yeah, just the whole nature of the match -- not only the level of play but the support, the atmosphere out on a big court, it was fantastic."

Other upsets included Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili holding on to beat No. 7 Fernando Gonzalez 6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 5-7, 6-4, and Latvia's Ernest Gulbis topping No. 30 Potito Starace 7-5, 7-6(4), 6-3.

In top-seeded play, world No. 1 Roger Federer, complete in an all-black outfit including socks and shoes, beat Paul Capdeville in straight sets, while No. 2 Rafael Nadal suffered through an inflamed left knee tendon injury in a four-set win over Aussie wildcard Alun Jones.

"I work a lot the last two days, because two days ago I thought I can't go on court," Nadal said. "I work a lot with my physio...Two days ago I was so much worse than right now. Today I don't move too much, but I play, so that's a good news. We hope I can improve. If not, I'm going to try my best, but..."

Federer will next face American rookie phenom John Isner, who beat South African Rik de Voest in straight sets to move into the third round. The South African got five looks at break points during the contest but only converted on one.

American Robby Ginepri was an unseeded American advancing Wednesday, rebounding with a win after an awful 2007 campaign that has seen him drop to No. 64 on the ATP Rankings entering the Open. The American topped diminutive Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-0, 6-3, 6-1, and is trying to advance past the second round at an event for the first time in his last seven tournaments. Ginepri said the energy and memories at Flushing Meadows brings out his best tennis.

"A switch pops in my brain or something that says, 'Start playing,'" Ginepri said. "I don't know. I feel extremely comfortable on these courts. I've always really strived to do well. I've watched this tournament growing up for so many years. To actually be a part of it is phenomenal for me. Why I can't play like this the whole year has definitely been a question out there."

Mardy Fish was another victorious unseeded American, easing past Bruno Echagaray 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. American wildcard Ryan Sweeting was not so fortunate, losing in four sets to Serb Janko Tipsarevic.

Other seeded winners Wednesday were (8) Tommy Robredo (d. Reynolds), (11) Mikhail Youzhny (d. Devilder), (17) Carlos Moya (d. Phau), and (25) Marat Safin (d. Dancevic).

Highlights on Thursday's US Open plate are (5) Andy Roddick vs. Jose Acasuso, (6) James Blake vs. Fabrice "The Magician" Santoro (featured night match), (13) Richard Gasquet vs. Donald Young, (4) Nikolay Davydenko vs. Nicolas Kiefer, (19) Andy Murray vs. Jonas Bjorkman, in doubles (1) Bryan brothers vs. John Isner/Scott Oudsema, and Max "The Beast" Mirnyi vs. Sebastien Grosjean.