Name: Steve Darcis
Current Ranking: 135
Notable Conquest: Michael Llodra (22nd seed, France)
Today's Result: lost to Gael Monfils (9th, France) in straight sets
Photo via Mens Tennis Forum
Darcis first came to my attention four years ago when, after going through qualifying to reach his first-ever ATP-level tournament (Amersfoot, 2007), he went on to win the title, beating the far more accomplished Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) along the way. Unfortunately, his career has never quite lived up to that extraordinary beginning but he's had a great tournament here. In fact, this is his best-ever finish at a Slam.
Catching Up with Old Friends
Rebecca Marino (Curtain Call, US Open Day 3) - Marino's third round finish is her best-ever result at a Slam. She is currently Canada's top-ranked female player. She fell today to Svetlana Kuznetsova (13th, Russia), 2009 Roland Garros champion. Her ranking, now #60, will improve once again.
Lourdes Dominguez Lino (CC, US Open Day 6) - Lino lost early in singles, falling to Vera Zvonareva (3rd, Russia) in the first round. But given that she missed the French last year, it still qualifies as an improvement. Her showing in doubles was slightly better. She and partner Laura Pous-Tio (Spain) made it to the second round.