Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Tennis US Open - CHELA Sole Survivor

Juan Ignacio CHELA struggled mightily in five-set matches in the first eight years of his career. Up until this past July, he had lost all eight that he had played.

But apparently he’s figured something out. The No. 20 seed, took out up-and-coming, 22-year-old Swiss star Stanislas WAWRINKA in a 3-hour, 41-minute seesaw battle, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-4 -- his second straight five-set win here at the Open. He also won a five-setter at Wimbledon this year that makes it three in a row.
“I didn't think too much, down two-love [in the fifth], I just think to play point by point,’’ said CHELA, normally known for his clay-court prowess. "It was very tough. Now I'm tired. But I have a day off tomorrow, and I'm gonna be very good for Thursday.''

CHELA will next take on the winner of the Rafael NADAL-David FERRER match. For his part, he doesn’t have a preference as to whom he plays.

“Well, for me is the same. Both are very tough, they play in the baseline,’’ CHELA said. “It gonna be for sure a long match.”

CHELA will now be the sole Albiceleste representative left in the US Open after Juan MONACO lost to Novak DJOKOVIC 5-7, 6-7, 7-6 & 1-6.

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