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2010 U.S. Open First Round Result: Gael Monfils Survives Five-Set Struggle Against Robert Kendrick

No. 17 Gael Monfils will advance to the second round of the 2010 U.S. Open, but unseeded American Robert Kendrick didn’t make it easy.

The match went for 3 hours, 19 minutes, and ended with Monfils breaking Kendrick at 5-4 in the fifth set. Early in the final set, the match momentum was strongly in Kendrick’s favor after he broke the Frenchman to go up 2-1. Serving to take a commanding 3-1 lead, Kendrick blew a 40-love lead to allow Monfils to break back. From there, the two were on-serve until Monfils broke Kendrick a second time to take the match.