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Chiudinelli lines up third round US Open match

Swiss outsider Marco Chiudinelli has made it through to the third round of the US Open after defeating Mikhail Youzhny, ranked 60, of Russia.

Chiudinelli, ranked 160 in the world, won Thursday’s match at Flushing Meadows 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-3, spurred on after winning a tie break in the second set.

The 27-year-old Basel player last reached the third round of the tournament three years ago. He has made steady progress in the past ten months, moving up from a world ranking of 884. His win at Flushing Meadows should project him up around another 30 places.

He faces another Russian, world number eight Nikolay Davydenko, on Saturday.

A lacklustre Patty Schnyder was beaten easily in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 by 42-ranked Sara Errani of Italy. Schnyder, ranked 19, had reached the quarter-finals of last year’s US Open and had defeated Errani in their last meeting in Madrid in the spring.

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