Match of the tournament for me (and what a way to finish
), and one of the best I've ever seen at the Us Open. Second set tie-break was exciting, I think both there produced their best tennis. Nando looked devastated after first two tight sets and began the fifth set with two double faults and missed 5th straight serve. It looked like 3-0 for Pics but at the beginning of the fourth I thought that Nando had 70/30 to win that match because Pics was moving in the first two sets on the baseline like something on an assembly line
I thought he wouldn't have too much in the tank. And suddenly led 4:2 (30-15) in the fifth. Nando was amazingly self-confident then. The last stages of the match were unbelievable. Pics hit the line with his forehand at 5:6 (15-30) then Nando hit the line with the backhand at 1:4 in the tie-break and those lines changed the momentum.
Amazing how quickly the things can change. Two years ago Pics was known as an amazing fighter, 5-set specialist, Nando as a part-time choker. And after this match, Pics is 13-8 and Nando 13-8 too in five-setters!!