Dominican Republic Player Makes Grand Slam History

Victor Estrella Burgos-USOpen2014-HaydenRogerCelestin Victor Estrella Burgos-USOpen2014-HaydenRogerCelestin Victor Estrella Burgos-USOpen2014-HaydenRogerCelestin Victor Estrella Burgos-USOpen2014-HaydenRogerCelestin News Americas, FLUSHING, NY, Fri. Aug. 29, 2014: Thirty-four-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos has made history yet again at the US Open.

On Thursday, Estrella Burgos became the first player from the Dominican Republic to reach the third round at a Grand Slam. His historic run at the 2014 Open continued yesterday when he beat Borna Coric, 17, of Croatia 7-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Coric, is the youngest player in the draw and won the boys’ singles event at last year’s US Open. Burgos is the tourney’s oldest player to make his main-draw debut at the US Open.

With throngs of Dominican fans screaming and chanting Estrella Burgos’ name, he took the energy from the standing-room only crowd and used it to heighten his game.

A drop-volley winner gave him an early break of serve to lead, 2-1, in the fourth set. Coric continued to fight, despite his hampered opponent, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the relentless retrieving of his opponent.

Estrella Burgos laced a backhand winner down the line to lead, 5-2, and then comfortably served out the match, letting out a huge scream to celebrate the win.

The world No. 80 will have all eyes on him this Saturday, when he plays No. 5 seed Milos Raonic of Canada. It will mark the first time that Estrella Burgos has ever squared off against a Top 10 player.

 

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