Taylor Dent returned to win a match in a major after four years beating Feliciano Lopez in four sets. After three back surgeries and an entire year passed in bed for 23 hours a day, he came back to world-class tennis. During the stop, he tried to reach real-estate license, studied religion and politics, became a champion at World of Aircraft videogame. Against Lopez, despite a modified service movement, he realized 18 aces. And, for passionate of "vintage style" tennis didn't alter his serve-and volley style with 39 point to the net out of 58 attempts.
Now, to refresh your memory, the highlights of his memorable 4th round against Federer in Miami this year.
Life in tennis almost ended for Marat Safin and Fabrice Santoro, two great talents respecting and admiring each other: Santoro is 7-2 in the h2h (including a marathon match at 2001 RG with Santoro win 6-1 at the fifth set) against the Russian who pursued him in the locker room shouting "Retire! You're old". But Safin, before the 2004 Davis Cup final, stood up to appalud Santoro who was practicing.
In Flushing Meadows, Safin handed his now usual performance: perfect first set, stuttering rest and Melzer won in four. Anyway, let's appreciate the best version of Marat.
And now some vintage moment of the magician, probably the only player to show a two-handed forehand in the world.
Roger Federer, broken twice in his fist round near-practice match against Devin, had another for him unknown and undecipherable adversary, the talented but inconsistent German Simon Greul. Roger administered himself at his best and won 63 75 75. Here's some image of the match.
Other news. Murray defeated in an amazing match Gulbis, Nadal outpowered in an more loopsided than expected match Richard "Lionheart" Gasquet. Among top-players, only Wawrinka lost, in a five setter against Lapentti, but he had from the second set serious sorrows at his back almost impeding him to serve. Italy, who had his worst performance at the Us Open men's singles in history, with 5 first round exits and only one set won, waited eagerly heading towards the Davis Cup clash against Switzerland in Geneva the week after the Us Open final.