The recent victory of the German Oscar Otte (144th) against the local Denis Kudla confirmed a record that had been cooking in the last hours: For the second time in the 21st century, five tennis players from the qualifying stage will compete in the third round of the US Open.
The 28-year-old born in Cologne, who had never overcome the second game of the main draw of a Grand Slam tournament, broke his spell after chaining five wins (Renzo Olivo, Constant Lestienne, Bernabé Zapata, Lorenzo Sonego and Kudla) and joined to the praiseworthy list composed by the Dutch Botic Van de Zandschulp (117º), the swiss Henri Laaksonen (130º), Slovak Alex Molcan (138º) and the german Peter Gojowczyk (141st), who enjoyed a great day this Wednesday.
In his fourth main draw, all in the current season and coming from the qualifying stage, Van de Zandschulp gave one of the hits of the tournament when he eliminated Norwegian Casper Ruud (11th), eighth seeded in the competition and one of the best players of the year.
For his part, the last victim of the Helvetian Laaksonen, who prolonged his remarkable 2021, a season in which he also played the third round at Roland Garros, was the Chilean Cristian Garín, who succumbed in four sets.
Secondly, MolcanPresov’s native, promising junior, finalist in Belgrade II (he lost to Novak Djokovic) and debutant in a final stage of a Grand Slam, defeated American Brandon Nakashima in five sets.
Finally, Gojowczyk, the Munich native, the only one of the surprise quintet that established itself at the ATP level, emulated Laaksonen and, after beating Serbian Dusan Lajovic in a marathon match, he will debut in the aforementioned instance of a Major.
The previous occasion that qualys men had enjoyed such success occurred in 2017, when the Argentine Leonardo Mayer (LL), the French Nicolas Mahut, the Kazakh Mikhail Kukushin, the Romanian Radu Albot and the Canadian Denis Shapovalov, the only one who advanced to the round of 16, an instance in which he subsequently succumbed to the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta , they succeeded.