Compatriot ends Coin's Open run

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NEW YORK --- It was standing room only in a small secondary interview room Saturday. The world's top-ranked men's player, Rafael Nadal , was holding his post-match news conference nearby, but still reporters crowded around a woman ranked No. 188.

Julie Coin 's magical run at the U.S. Open had just ended. On Thursday, the Frenchwoman stunned top-seeded Ana Ivanovic . It was the first time since the WTA computer rankings started in 1975 that a woman ranked so low beat a reigning world No. 1.

Coin lost 6-4, 6-4 in the third round to countrywoman Amelie Mauresmo , the No. 32 seed.

Coin said she was tired, and perhaps all the extra obligations after her huge victory contributed to that.

Eventually, she will reflect on the magnitude of what she accomplished.

"Right now I'm just thinking about the loss," she said. "I'm not thinking about the rest."

Mauresmo is 31/2 years older than the 25-year-old Coin, and the two don't know each other well. When they chatted in the locker room the other day, it was the first time since they were junior players.

YOUNG BLOOD: The 22-year-old Nadal is hardly the only young player in his half of the draw. Four other men under the age of 24 have reached the fourth round on his side of the bracket, and two more could join them.

Nadal's next opponent is 20-year-old American Sam Querrey . Also alive are Stanislas Wawrinka (23), Gael Monfils (21) and Andy Murray (21). Juan Martin del Potro (19) and Kei Nishikori (18) were playing Saturday night.

The young guys are providing some showmanship.

Monfils, who grew up admiring NBA players, hit a shot through his legs at one point, though the ball went into the net. He insisted the circus shot was out of necessity and not planned.

"Not at this time," he said.

MURRAY SQUEAKS BY: Jurgen Melzer , of Austria, ranked No. 48 in the world, had a two-set lead on the sixth-seeded Murray and a chance to close out the match in a tiebreaker. But when he couldn't put it away, Murray went on to win 12 of the final 16 games for a five-set victory.

Murray squeaked into the fourth round with a 6-7 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1, 6-4 win.

"When you're training and wondering why you do all the work and feeling sorry for yourself and what have you -- you kind of push through and keep working," Murray said. "Then when you have moments like that on the court, you know, you feel like it's all worth it."

He also rallied from 2-0 down in the fourth round at Wimbledon this year to beat Richard Gasquet .

"I didn't think I was out of it, but I knew it was going to be tough to come back because he was playing really, really well," Murray said of Melzer. "He was serving close to the lines and hitting the ball so hard and flat and very deep. Taking a lot of risks and it was going in for the most part. Just had to try and hang on."


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