Wu Yibing becomes first Chinese man to reach the US Open third round since 1881
The US Open third round is the only place where a Chinese man can realistically hope to find success in the Men’s Singles draw as a newcomer. However, Wu Yibing, who was a second seed at the 2015 US Open, and the youngest player ever to reach a third round in the Men’s Singles draw at the US Open, is not in the slightest daunted by this.
“It’s always a dream to reach the third round of a Grand Slam in the Men’s Singles,” says Wu in an interview with the Daily Mail. It is a dream that Wu had not at least considered in his wildest dreams as a young tennis player, but it was a dream that he had as a tennis fan and tennis lover. He had never heard of anyone who had reached the third round, let alone a Chinese man. Now that dream has become a reality.
“This is really a very big moment for me. I am very excited,” says Wu, who has reached the third round of the US Open Men’s Singles for the first time in his life.
Wu Yibing (C) becomes the first Chinese man to reach the US Open third round since the 1881 tournament. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images
In the 2014 US Open, first seed and then-champion Juan Martin del Potro did something that has certainly impressed his coach and many others who have followed his progress: he defeated the number one seed in the Men’s Singles draw. As expected, del Potro then had his way with Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal in the second and third rounds, respectively, which made the fourth round very interesting. However, the fourth round was one of the most exciting rounds of a Grand Slam tournament’s