NEW YORK — Maxime Cressy defeated ninth-seeded and Olympic bronze medalist Pablo Carreno Busta 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7) in the biggest early upset at the U.S. Open.
Cressy saved four match points in the fifth-set tiebreaker to knock off the two-time U.S. Open semifinalist. He had fans chanting “Cressy! Cressy!” as they rallied behind the Open qualifier.
The French-born Cressy was a collegiate star at UCLA and used a big serve to slam 46 aces and advance into the second round. Down 5-2 in the deciding tiebreaker, the 24-year-old pulled off the biggest win of his pro career.
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