Saketh Myneni, who became the 1st Indian since Yuki Bhambri to make it to the main draw of a Grand Slam, lost out to Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 in the 1st round of the US Open. In the marathon match, Myneni's valiant effort was undermined by a stiffness in his right thigh.
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The first set went down a tie-breaker which Vesely won 7-5. However, Myneni fought back immediately and broke his opponent thrice in the next two sets, aided by some unforced errors from the Czech, and won them 6-4 and 6-2 respectively to take a 2-1 lead in the game.
But, just when it seemed like the Indian will be able to pull off an upset, a cramp on his right thigh hindered his movement massively. Vesely won the fourth set comfortably at 6-2, and it all came down to the deciding fifth set.
Myneni fought his pain and discomfort to take a 5-2 lead in the final set and was even serving for the match at one point. However, at this point, his leg was so stiff that he could hardly walk properly. Vesely just had to keep the ball in the court in order to win the game. He broke the India thrice and ended up winning the fifth set 7-5.
With this loss, Myneni, who became the first Indian to make it to the first round of the US Open men's singles event since Somdev Devvarman in 2013, missed out on the chance to face World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the next round.