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Saturday / April 20.
  • NEW YORK –– Long Island’s Noah Rubin was one-and-done in his first U.S. Open, and he could be one-and-done at Wake Forest, too.

    Rubin, the 18-year-old from Rockville Centre, N.Y., who received a wildcard into the Open after winning the USTA boys’ national championship, was excused quickly by Federico Delbonis on a hot and steamy Court 13 on Tuesday, 6-4, 6-3, 6-0.

    The slight Rubin, who measures 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, was broken twice in the opening set to fall behind 3-0 and staged a minor comeback in the first set before being swept away by the bigger, stronger, more consistent left-handed Argentinian.

    “I learned that I can definitely compete with these guys at the best level, definitely things to learn” said Rubin, who trains at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randalls Island. “Fitness is one, I mean, nerves came into play a little bit also. So fitness can definitely be at a higher level, but I can playing with these guys on any given day. We’ll see how I improve.”

    NEW YORK — Jayson Tatum, the No. 4 player in the 2016 Class according to 247 Sports, says he plans to cut his list soon and also take some visits this fall.

    “I think I’m going to cut it down pretty soon, within the next week or so,” the 6-foot-9 Tatum told in the above video taken last week at the Under Armour Elite 24.

    “I think I have 18 scholarship offers, I’m going to cut it down to eight or nine.”

    Tatum, out of St. Louis Chaminade, listed Duke, St. Louis, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Florida, Michigan State, Ohio State, UConn, North Carolina and Wake Forest among those recruiting him.

    MurrayNEW YORK — Andy Murray survived a brutal attack of cramps and advanced over Dutchman Robin Haase in four sets to avoid a stunning upset in the first round of the U.S. Open Monday.

    “Yeah, I’m happy about that because I could have easily lost that match,” the No. 8 seed and 2012 Open champ said after surviving with a 6-3, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 7-5 victory.

    “I was very close to losing the match,” the Scot added. “I don’t think if it would have gone to five sets I would’ve been — I certainly would have been the favorite if it had gone to five sets. I’m happy about that.”

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