Thursday, September 1, 2011

Monaco advances at US Open when Stepanek retires

Monaco advances at US Open when Stepanek retires

Juan Monaco advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open when Radek Stepanek retired in the third set with Monaco leading 6-4, 6-1, 2-0.

Stepanek said his right, serving shoulder had been bothering him for a few weeks. The Czech player started feeling a sharp pain in the first set Thursday that kept getting worse.

Monaco had never won a set against Stepanek in their previous three meetings.

Monaco reached the round of 16 at the U.S. Open in 2007, matching his best Grand Slam result.