The US Open is up and running and will soon witness the fourth round matchups being played in a matter of hours. So far, the tournament has seen some thrilling matches in addition with a number of upsets. Garbine Muguruza, Milos Raonic, former champions Marin Cilic and Svetlana Kuznetsova are some of the high-ranked players who will be catching an early flight home.
However, the tournament has also seen a number of nail-biting encounters where players have rallied back from the brink of defeat to clinch victory. With a couple of hours to spare before the fourth round gets underway at the US Open, let’s take a look at five of the biggest comebacks of the tournament so far.
#5. Lucas Pouille, vs Marco Chiudinelli
The Frenchman made quite a name for himself at the Wimbledon Championships where he reached the quarter-finals, beating the likes of Del Potro and higher ranked Bernard Tomic in the process. Pouille was seeded 32nd at the US Open and was expected to make it at least to the third round. However, pressure of being selected in France’s Davis Cup semi-final against Croatia took its toll on him in his second round match against 144th ranked Swiss Marco Chiudinelli.
Pouilled had a disastrous start to the match and lost the first two sets by a scoreline of 6-4,6-3 and was a break down in the third set but was able to take the third set to a tiebreak. After being 6-2 up in the tiebreak, the Swiss’s accurate served forced a couple of errors from Pouille and the score was soon 6-6.
However, Pouille held his nerve and took the third set tiebreak which turned out to be a confidence booster as Pouille breezed past Chiudinelli in the next two sets by a scoreline of 6-2,6-0 to enter the third round. After another thrilling five-setter against 15th seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round, Pouille will be facing two-time champion and World No.4 Rafael Nadal in the fourth round.