Aug. 10, 2008
August 2008
Aug. 10, 2008
September 2008

Austin Krajicek defeats Ryan Thacher in 18s Singles

Austin Krajicek is headed to the U.S. Open after defeating Ryan Thacher 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 at Kalamazoo College\'s Stowe Stadium.
Krajicek, a freshman at Texas A&M, earned the wild card into the U.S. Open main draw with the win.
"I\'m going to miss this tournament, but maybe one day I can come back and play the exhibition," Krajicek said.
This is the third year in a row that Thacher, who is headed to Stanford in the fall, was runner-up, two years ago in 16s and last year in 18s.
"They say people don\'t like change, but I don\'t think I would have minded this year," Thacher said. "I still can\'t believe I lost 6-0 in that last set.
Both players peppered each other with big serves and long rallies in the best-of-five set match.
Thacher was serving down 5-0 and love-40 when Krajicek blasted the winner down the line for the title.
"I came out a little nervous and Ryan had a lot more experience in the finals," Krajicek said. "I think that helped him a little in the first set.
"Luckily I came out on top today."

Source: USTA Nationals Staff