In the second round of 2017 US Open Men's Singles, Rendy faced Radu Albot from Moldova. Even though Rendy beat Albot at Chennai Open in the beginning of this year, today's match was a tough struggle for Rendy from the start.
Because the earlier matches took too long to finish, Rendy's match didn't start until dawn. In the first set, Rendy couldn't adjust to the lighting and was having a hard time holding serves. He quickly lost first set 2-6. In the second set, Rendy broke Albot right away, but at 5-4 was broken. In the tie-breaker, Rendy lost 7-9. At this point, things wasn't look too good for Rendy. In the third set, Rendy didn't give up and still fought hard. At 5-5, he finally broke Albot and won the set 7-5. In the forth set, Rendy was on fire, broke Albot three times and won 6-0. In the deciding fifth set, Rendy was broken early and down 1-2. But, Rendy stayed focused and managed to fight back. At 4-5, Rendy broke back, then held serve to go up 6-5. There was even one match point which Albot's shot went a bit long. But, there was no call and there is no Hawk Eye in this court to allow reply. Finally, in the tie-breaker, Rendy ran out of gas and lost 2-7 and the match.
Despite the loss, Rendy was proud to be able to fight back from two sets down. He didn't give up, and was one point away from winning. He tried his best and gave everything he could on the court. Rendy's fighting spirit and will power was touched by all spectators. Rendy still has Men's Doubles to go. Tomorrow he will team up with Hyeon Chung from Korea to play against Pella and Schwartzman from Argentina.