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All 15 American men out of US Open after 3rd round

September 2, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — There are no American men in the round of 16 at the U.S. Open, the first time that’s happened at a tournament that dates back to 1881.

The last of the host country’s 15 entrants was 109th-ranked Tim Smyczek, the wild-card recipient who lost 6-4, 4-6, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the third round to 43rd-ranked Marcel Granollers of Spain on Sunday night.

It’s symbolic of the downturn for elite men’s tennis in the United States. No U.S. man reached the fourth round at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments in 2013. And last month, for the first time in the 40 years of ATP rankings, there was a week with no U.S. men in the top 20.

Granollers will play No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the fourth round.

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