Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Martin Bounced out of U.S. Open

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Martin Bounced out of U.S. Open

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

He had positioned himself for yet another comeback from a two-set deficit in a Grand Slam tournament, but Todd Martin couldn't quite finish the job against one of the game's rising tennis stars.

The 31-year-old Ponte Vedra Beach resident bowed out of the U.S. Open in the second round yesterday in New York, falling to Spanish teenager Tommy Robredo 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. It was Martin's earliest exit since 1998, when he lost to Goran Ivanisevic in the same round.

"I had some bad streaks and when that happened, he capitalized," Martin said in a phone interview after the match. "I'm not going to pout or cry about this one. I didn't do as well as I liked, but when the day ends, somebody wins and somebody loses. You move on."

In other U.S. Open action, Martina Hingis and Iva Majoli slugged it out for 2 1/2 hours in sweltering heat, and when they finished it was difficult to tell the winner from the loser.

In a match that was sloppy but grueling, Hingis blew a 3-0 lead in the final set, then rallied from a 4-2 deficit in a winner-take-all-tiebreaker for the victory, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Other winners included Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic, No. 1-seeded Gustavo Kuerten, No. 7 Yevgenvy Kafelnikov and No. 4 seed Lleyton Hewitt.

In other women's play, No. 3 Lindsay Davenport, No. 7 Monica Seles and No. 10 Serena Williams easily advanced.

No. 14 Jelena Dokic eliminated 1994 champion Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 6-4, 7-5. American Meghann Shaughnessy, seeded 12th, lost to Daja Bedanova 6-4, 6-1.

Martin was the U.S. Open runner-up in 1999 and was a semifinalist last year. But any hopes he had of making another run, and recovering from a two-set deficit for the ninth time in his career, pretty much ended when he lost his serve in the sixth game of the fourth set. After sending an overhead into the net, Martin's serve was broken to give Robredo a 4-2 lead and his 19-year-old opponent held serve the rest of the way. …

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