US Open Day 2 Takeaways: Isner saves career, Mmoh stuns Khachanov

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Hurkacz’s comeback

The No. 17 seed, Hubert Hurkacz, pulled off a “Hubini” act with a jaw-dropping 4-6, 5-7, 7-6 (0), 6-3, 6-1 victory over Marc-Andrea Huesler. Hurkacz was down two sets to love, and Huesler already envisioned the victory dance. Then Hurkacz stepped on the gas. He fired his way to a 7-0 tiebreak in the third set, keeping himself in it.

From there, Hubert Hurkacz went on a rampage, snatching the fourth and fifth sets to secure a ticket to the second round. It’s like he discovered a secret cheat code Huesler couldn’t crack.

Hurkacz launched a whopping 19 aces, unleashing 54 winners. He only made 30 unforced errors throughout the five-set rollercoaster. Talk about keeping your cool under pressure!

In the second round, Hurkacz is going up against Jack Draper, who sent Radu Albot packing with a smooth 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 victory. Draper silenced the whispers about his shoulder, proving it’s stronger than the caffeine in a triple espresso.

Draper’s win was part of a British bonanza! Britain’s tennis stars completed a 36-hour winning spree where all seven entrants (Andy Murray – sweet! -, Dan Evans, Cameron Norrie, Katie Boulter, Jodie Burrage, and Lily Miyazaki) won their first-round matches.