Jared Donaldson’s stay at the 2015 U.S. Open lasted only three sets, but memorable sets they were.
The 18-year-old from Chepachet fell to Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic, 7-6 (7), 6-0, 7-6 (4), Monday in a match that lasted 2 hours and 18 minutes on Court 10 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. While Rosol moves on, Donaldson probably wonders what might have happened had he eked out a few more points and won the first-set tiebreaker or had he served better in the second set. He can take some solace in the fact that Rosol is 30, an 11-year ATP World Tour veteran and currently ranked No. 87 while he is 18, a tour rookie and ranked No. 146, his career high.
Donaldson held the statistical edge in aces (11-7), winners (11-7), unforced errors (4-5) and double faults (4-5). Rosol had nine break points to Donaldson’s six and five service breaks to Donaldson’s two. A key to the outcome was Rosol’s return. He won 45 points on Donaldson’s serve, 13 more than the 32 points Donaldson took on Rosol’s serve.
The 61-minute first set could have gone either way, with Rosol winning only six more points. Donaldson’s serve deserted him in the second set, which lasted only 25 minutes. He made 13 percent (2 of 16) of his first serves and won just four points on his serve. But he rallied in the third, connecting on 69 percent of his first serves (27-39) and winning 63 percent (17-27) of his first-serve points. He hit five winners and did not have an unforced error. His point total was just two shy of Rosol’s 41.
Donaldson earned $39,500 for his first-round effort. He was in the main draw courtesy of a wild card from the U.S. Tennis Association. The total purse is $42.3 million with the men’s and women’s singles champion receiving $3.3 million each. Winning doubles teams will share $570,000 per team.