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US Open Moments: Sept. 4, 1983

Aaron Krickstein in 1986

On Sept. 4, 1983, 16-year-old amateur Aaron Krickstein came back from two sets down to upset 15th-seeded Vitas Gerulaitis, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, in the third round.

Krickstein, the reigning USTA National Boys’ 18s champion, lost in the round of 16 to reigning French Open champion Yannick Noah. His showing remains the best by a Boys' 18s champion in US Open history. In fact, the only other boys' winners to advance to even the third round are Robert McKinley in 1968 and Sammy Giammalva in 1980.

Throughout his career, Krickstein thrived in New York. He reached the fourth round again in 1986, the quarterfinals in 1988 and 1990, the semifinals in 1989 and the round of 16 for a final time in 1991, when he lost a five-setter to Jimmy Connors in one of the most famous matches in US Open history.

For his part, Noah would reach the quarterfinals three times at the Open, in 1983, 1985 and 1989. Gerulaitis advanced to the US Open final in 1979, losing an all-New York title match to John McEnroe.

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