Fernando Verdasco was defeated by Gael Monfils in the third round. He wasted 2 match points in the second set and kind of gave the service break and the match to Monfils after 2 big forehand errors in the third set.

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

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Monfils def Verdasco

A close close match between 2 players who have the same tactics – or non tactics: a spectacular forehand winner, an awful error, a winner, a fault, a winner, a fault…
Both players showed their technical and tactical limits in this match as neither of them couldn’t take control of the game and close the match. In the end, crowd favorite Gael Monfils wins in 3 tight sets: 6-7 7-6 7-5.

Bercy crowd

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils

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A few videos of the third round matches Gael Monfils vs Fernando Verdasco, Michael Llodra vs Novak Djokovic and Nikolay Davydenko vs Tomas Berdych.

Gael Monfils:

Amelie Mauresmo and Guy Forget:

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2010 US Open: day 2 recap

– Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki win in straight sets and advance to the second round where they’ll meet (respectively) Denis Istomin and Kai-Chen Chang.
Things were much more complicated for Djokovic and Verdasco who endured 5 sets against Troicki and Fognini.
Number 4 seed Jelena Jankovic survive scare to beat number 96-ranked Romanian Simon Halep 6-4, 4-6, 7-5. Like Jankovic, 2006 champion Maria Sharapova needed 3 sets to defeat Australian Jarmila Groth.

Upset of the day: Arnaud Clément defeats Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 2- 6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5
Baghadtis, who beat Nadal in Cincinnati was stunned by french veteran Clément in 5 sets. Both players are former Australian Open runner-ups.

Seeds upsets: Na Li (8), Petrova (16), Safarova (26), Baghdatis (16), Gulbis (24), Monaco (30)

US player of the day: James Blake
Blake, quarterfinalist at Flushing Meadows in 2005 and 2006, is now ranked 108 and received a wild card to enter the tournament. He showed some of his past brilliance to secure a much needed victory against Kristof Vliegen.

Stat of the day: 25.2 – Number in millions of dollars of the potential 2010 US Open payout, including Olympus US Open Series bonuses.

Player of the day: Rafael Nadal
He faced (and saved) only one break point in his first round match against Gabashvili. Nadal extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 15 matches, after his titles at the French Open in June and Wimbledon in July.