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NEW YORK -- Seven years ago, a 20-year-old from Argentina lit up Arthur Ashe Stadium with an array of sizzling strokes capable of taking your breath away. Forrest Lamp Chargers Jersey .Juan Martin del Potro brought down Roger Federer, ending a 40-match win streak, in a five-set final that suggested many more major titles.That one, glorious effort remains del Potros only Grand Slam championship. Four wrist surgeries, untold misery and large doses of heroic fortitude later, he was back Thursday night, desperately trying to rejuvenate his career.Technically, based on the bare rankings, del Potro was the underdog against No. 19 seed Steve Johnson, a diligent player who has improved himself every year since turning professional five seasons ago.In truth, the near-capacity crowd seemed torn between rooting for the American -- or the feel-good story of 2016.In the end, the good feelings continued, as del Potro eased away with a 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-2 victory that sent him sailing into the third round.Its amazing, the stadium, amazing the atmosphere, del Potro said in his on-court interview. I am so happy to be playing tennis again after my third surgery on the [left] wrist.Im trying to play as I did in 2009, but its not easy because Im older.Johnson, No. 22 among ATP World Tour players, is only one spot behind highest-ranked American John Isner, something that might surprise casual fans of the game.In the first round, the 26-year-old Californian authored a monumental escape after trailing Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 6-1, 5-2 -- serving at love-40. He rallied for his second career comeback from a 0-2 deficit, winning the last three sets 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-3. He saved a total of six match points.In Thursdays pivotal first set, Johnson saved four break points in one game. In the tiebreaker, he erased a 5-1 deficit with four straight points of his own. But eventually, the sheer weight of del Potros shot (and some relentless defending) seemed to wear down Johnson.Its tough when you dont play your best tennis against a guy like Juan, Johnson said. I didnt feel nervous at all. I just didnt execute what I needed to execute.Del Potro emerged this year, modestly enough, advancing to the third round at Wimbledon. But at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the No. 141-ranked player was a revelation, scalding No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the first round and taking it all the way to the gold-medal final before losing to Andy Murray.When the USTA announced it was giving the 6-foot-6 del Potro a wild card into the tournament, Johnson said, It may make a lot of American fans upset if he faced an American in the opening round. Turns out, it was an American in the second -- Johnson.This was the first-ever night win at the US Open for del Potro, but his 0-for-3 record came at the hands of Djokovic (twice) and Lleyton Hewitt, both champions here.I lost the three night matches, but I won the most important one, against Roger in the 2009 final, del Potro said. That will be in my heart for the rest of my life.A second title here, considering everything he has gone through, might be even more heart-wrenching. Mike Williams Jersey . -- Jimmie Johnson held off a teammate, passed a pair of Hall of Famers, and dominated once more at Dover. Rayshawn Jenkins Youth Jersey . Miller finished in two minutes, 6.09 seconds, one day before the first medal race on the Alpine schedule. The 36-year-old American also turned in the top time in Thursdays opening training session. . Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- JaQuan Newton had 20 points and Anthony Lawrence added 18 as Miami beat Stanford 67-53 in the opening round Thursday of the AdvoCare Invitational.Bruce Brown chipped in 10 points for the Hurricanes (4-0).Stanford (4-1) got 15 points from Dorian Pickens, while Reid Travis had 11. Pickens has scored in double figures in nine of his last 10 games, dating to last season.Lawrence scored all of his points during the second half after being limited to five scoreless minutes in the first half due to foul trouble.I think they were just giving me the ball in the right moments, Lawrence said. My teammates were penetrating, kicking it to me. Once I hit the first one, I felt like I was on fire.Newton helped pick up the slack in the opening 20 minutes by scoring 12.Brown had a couple layups during Miamis 18-4 run over the final eight minutes of the game.The Hurricanes shot 62.5 percent (15 for 24) in the second half.I think our team does have a great deal of character and resiliency, Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. Were going to find that out. We have to get back to who we are. I thought the first half we did some nice things. Then the second half there were some breakdowns.Stanford, which lead by nine early on, took a 27-23 advantage at halftime.It wasnt frustrating at all in the first half, Newton said. It was more, weve just got to play better, play harder. We knew on the offensive end we werent playing as good as were capable of. We decided to keep iit going on the defensive end. Rayshawn Jenkins Chargers Jersey. We kept doing that, and that led to our offense.BIG PICTUREStanford: The Cardinal were bidding to have their first 5-0 start since 2011-12.Miami: The Hurricanes announced before the game that junior guard Rashad Muhammad will no longer be part of the program for failure to meet team expectations. After sitting out last season following his transfer from San Jose State, Muhammad was suspended for the first three games this season for violation of team rules. He was looked at as a player that could help after the departure of last seasons leading scorers, Sheldon McClellan and Angel Rodriguez.DJ DOWNERMiami freshman guard DJ Vasiljevic was held to three points after averaging 11.7 in his first three games. He made visits to Miami and Stanford and chose the Hurricanes because he liked Miami coach Jim Larranaga and the weather.NUMBERS GAMETravis has 10 rebounds as Stanford outrebounded Miami 34-30. ... Stanford had 18 turnovers that resulted in 20 Miami points. ... The Cardinal scored four points on the 11 Miami turnovers.UP NEXTStanford: The Cardinal will play Indiana State, which lost 73-71 to No. 21 Iowa State Thursday, in Fridays consolation round.Miami: The Hurricanes, who got votes in this weeks AP Top-25 poll, get a chance to impress the voters with a semifinal matchup Friday against Iowa State. 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