U.S. Open Tennis: Poway High grad Klahn wins thriller, advances to Round 2
Poway High graduate Bradley Klahn battled his way to a thrilling five-set (4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4) victory over Austria’s Jurgen Melzer Wednesday in the first round of the U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
Klahn dropped to his knees and pumped his fists after Melzer fired a shot into the net on match point. It was the first ATP Tour level victory for Klahn, who was beaten in four sets in the opening round of the 2010 U.S. Open.
“I was pretty much in a daze out there that last set,” said Klahn, a 2009 Poway graduate and four-year star at Stanford. “To play my first five-set match against such a tough opponent who has been in a Grand Slam semifinal and in the Top 10, it’s pretty special.”
Klahn, 22, advances to play 13-seeded Richard Gasquet of France in the second round. Klahn earned a spot in the U.S. Open by winning three straight qualifying matches.
Steve Pratt contributed to this report.
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