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.