Brandon Holt’s unlikely run at the US Open has come to a heartbreaking end.
After rolling the first two sets in about an hour, the 24-year-old son of Hall of Famer and two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin fell victim to Pedro Cachin’s exciting five-set comeback, losing 1-6, 6-2 , 1-6, 6-7(1), 6-7(6) in front of crowded grandstands on Court 12 of the USTA Billie Jean King National Center campus on Wednesday.
Cachin, who has had back-to-back wins in a fifth-set tiebreak in this tournament, now meets 23-year-old Corentin Moutet in the third round on Friday.
In the deciding 10-point tiebreak, Cachin took a 6-3 lead before Holt unloaded everything in the tank to level the score at 6-0. However, Holt fumbled into three groundstroke errors when Cachin fired a series of hard-hitting shots. The three-hour, 44-minute marathon eventually ended with Holt’s third double fault of the game.
Cachin collapsed, lying flat on his stomach with his arms crossed in front of his face and letting his emotions spill out onto the court.
Despite allowing the first two sets to escape, Cachin stormed back into the match with conviction. In addition to 39 of 60 points at net, the Argentine won in 66th place with 15 aces and 58 groundstroke winners. It quickly became too much for Holt, who looked gassed in the last two sets and was overwhelmed by 51 unforced errors.
As devastating as the loss may have been, Holt will reap the rewards of his unanticipated second-round qualifier. The four-time USC All-American should see a bump in his ATP rankings, where he is listed at No. 303.
After a career-threatening hand injury a few months ago, Holt worked his way back and became a headline event at the tournament. At first, attention was only focused on who his mother is. Austin became the youngest US Open singles champion when she won at age 16 and the youngest induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame when she received the honor at age 29. Thirty single titles will definitely draw attention to your offspring.
But Holt is now well on his way to building a remarkable career of his own.
After winning the first set on Wednesday, Madison Keys beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi in the tiebreak of the third set and secured a 6: 4, 5: 7, 7: 6 (10: 7). Victory to move into the third round against compatriot Coco Gauff.
“Honestly, today I feel like I’ve been a little too passive at times,” Keys said. “I think I let Camila dictate a little too much. Trying to find that balance against them is really difficult; You don’t want to go toe-to-toe and roll over. Similarly in the next match where I have to try and get through on the point against someone like Coco because you don’t want her to take the first hit.”
The 20th-seeded American, who fell to 87 on the leaderboard earlier this year, posted eight aces compared to Giorgis zero.