Last U.S. hope Smyczek succumbs

For first time in Open era, no American male makes the fourth round of a Slam

Updated: September 1, 2013, 10:35 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- You had to feel for Tim Smyczek.

Through no fault of his own, the 25-year-old American -- who has played many more matches at the Futures and Challenger levels -- was playing for an entire nation. Against Marcel Granollers in the third round, the last man from the United States left in the draw was desperately trying to avert some hysterical history:

• No US Open, going all the way back to 1881, has ever been without at least one American man in the fourth round.

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