Tracy Austin’s son takes two-set lead in tough US Open loss

Brandon Holt’s unlikely run at the US Open ended in heartbreaking fashion.

After going through the first two sets in about an hour, 24-year-old Hall of Famer and two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin fell victim to Pedro Cachin’s thrilling five-set comeback and lost 6-1 , 6-2, 1-6, 6-7(1), 6-7(6) in front of packed stands on Court 12 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center on Wednesday.

Cachin, who picked up back-to-back wins in a fifth-set tiebreaker at this tournament, will now face 23-year-old Corentin Moutet in the third round on Friday.

In the decisive 10-point tiebreaker, Cachin took a 6-3 lead before Holt dumped whatever was left in the tank to level the score at six all. However, Holt fumbled in three groundstroke errors as Cachin fired a series of hard shots. The three-hour, 44-minute marathon finally ended with Holt’s third double fault of the game.

Cachin collapsed, lying on his stomach, arms crossed in front of his face and let his emotions spill out onto the court.

Brandon Holt reacts to a call during his second-round loss at the US Open.
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Although he let the first two sets slip away from him, Cachin came back into the match with conviction. Along with winning 39 of 60 points at net, the No. 66-ranked Argentine finished with 15 aces and 58 groundstrokes. It quickly became too much for Holt, who looked gassed in the final two sets and was overwhelmed with 51 unforced errors.

As crushing as the loss was, Holt will reap the benefits of his unplanned second-round run as a qualifier. The four-time All-American out of USC is expected to see a bump in his ATP rankings, where he is ranked No. 303.

After a hand injury put his career in jeopardy several months ago, Holt has moved on and become a star of this tournament. At first, the attention was purely because of who his mother is. Austin became the youngest female singles champion at the US Open when she won at 16 and the youngest inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame when she won the honor at 29. Thirty singles tracks are sure to draw attention to your offspring.

But Holt is now well on her way to establishing her own remarkable career.

After winning the first set on Wednesday, Madison Keys beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi in a third-set tiebreaker to secure a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (10-7) win to advance to the third round against his compatriot Coco Gauff. .

“Honestly, today I feel like I was a little too passive at times,” Keys said. “I think I let Camila dictate a bit too much. Trying to find that balance against her is really tough; you don’t want to go par and overhit. Similar in the next game where I have to try and get ahead in the point against someone like Coco because you don’t want her to get the first strike.

The 20th-seeded American, who fell to 87th in the rankings earlier this year, had eight aces to Giorgi’s zero.

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