Damn qualifiers sneaking up on the main draw like that...
Last match on Center Court at Orleans: Jannik Sinner vs Aljaz Bedene, who will need those extra few hours to rebound from his three-set battle today. Advantage The Sinful One!Both teenagers in action at Tiburon rebounded from a set down to win 3 setters. Brandon Nakashima beat American and world #208 Michael Mmoh 5-7 6-3 and 6-4. He meets Christopher Eubanks tomorrow. Hugo Gaston beat Colombian and world number 203 Daniel Galan 3-6 6-3 6-4.
Mixed results in Buenos Aires. Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, world number 108, defeated Argentine teen Thiago Tirante 6-1 6-2. Facundo Diaz Acosta wins his second match to roll into a R16 match with Argentine Leonardo Mayer. He defeated Argentine Renzo Olivo, world ranked 273, 7-5 4-6 6-2.
One teen left in Florence, and it didn't go well for Lorenzi Musetti. He failed soundly against Spaniard Jaume Munar 6-1 6-3.
Still in play:
Chengdu: Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
Orleans: Sinner (ITA), Roumane (FRA)
Tiburon: Gaston (FRA), Nakashima (USA)
Buenos Aires: Seyboth Wild (BRA), Diaz Acosta (ARG)
Everyone is in R16 action.
Molleker had been on the injured list this year, beginning with a withdrawal from the Augsburg Challenger draw before play began there this summer due to a right elbow problem. His 2R win this week is his lone tour win since losing to Fognini at Hamburg in 2R.FAA got pretty thoroughly destroyed by Sascha Zverev 6-3 6-1 in Beijing.
Danilov lost his R32 match to Corentin Moutet in a 6-2 6-0 blowout indicative of their near 500 spot gap in the rankings. Tomas Machac, however, is having no problems dispatching higher ranked opponents. His recent victim, #3 seed and #122 world ranked Malek Jaziri, of Tunisia, fell 7-6 7-6. Machac is now 6-0 in tiebreakers at Challenger level this season. His next opponent will be #8 seed and #201 world ranked Russian Alexey Vatutin. Good luck to the final teen of the week!
That good luck means Rudi Molleker is out, but it's not by loss. He allowed Jaume Munar a walkover, forfeiting a chance at a deeper run this week.
Impatience is a sin and I’m a full fledged Sinner! Still a match and change away from taking the court in MLC.Quick first day round up...
Good results in Fairfield, where all three teenagers in action won their matches. Mejia (2-6 6-1 6-4), Nakashima (6-2 6-4), and Svajda (7-6 6-2) all advanced to the R32 stage.
Only one teen in action at Mouilleron-le-Captif, the qualifier Royer. He fell 6-4 6-4.
Split results in Santo Domingo. Dominican teen Nick Hardt fell 2-6 6-3 1-6 while Thiago Seyboth Wild won 6-3 6-4.
Neither Johnson or Damian King has advanced to the SFs...they are just starting their QF match. The winner will face the American Kevin King in the other SF.It's not every week you get two teenage semi-finalists, but it is this week!
At Mouilleron-le-Captif, Jannik Sinner continued making his way through the field of competitors, dispatching Marius Copil 3-6 6-1 6-4. This is Sinner's 4th Challenger SF of the year and his career (2 wins, 1 final), so he'll be hoping to add to his trophy case. His next opponent will be Mathias Bourgue (FRA), an unseeded world #247 that upset Dennis Novak in his quarterfinal.
In Fairfield, we had a split results. Jack Draper lost his match to Chris O'Connell, a 6-2 6-3 straight set affair. Draper will likely be in the Vegas Challenger next week to build on his new found Challenger success. Brandon Nakashima, however, did win. Nakashima reaches his first career Challenger SF defeating recent Japan Open (500) quarterfinalist in straight set tiebreakers, 7-6 7-6. A fairly efficient match, the two players held serve against one another 16 consecutive times through the first tie breaker, then 2 back to back breaks to stay right on serve, then finished out the match on serve. Nakashima next faces the winner of the #1 seed Steve Johnson (USA, ranked #99) or the #9 seed Damian King (BAR, ranked #171) match, which will start soon.
Screwed that up...Kevin King plays Draper’s conqueror Chris O’Connell and now it’s Johnson vs Nakashima.Neither Johnson or Damian King has advanced to the SFs...they are just starting their QF match. The winner will face the American Kevin King in the other SF.
Molleker, Bovy and Yitbarek all bowed out in Sunday matches.Teenagers in ATP Tour action this week:
Jannik Sinner (ITA) #119: Jannik is in action this week in Antwerp. He will face TBD Qualifier in the 1st round. Should he defeat TBD Qualifier, he will face #1 seed Gael Monfils (FRA) in the 2nd round.
Rudolf Molleker (GER) #166: Rudi is attempting to qualify into the Moscow tournament this week.
Alen Avidzba (RUS) #498: 19 year old Alen was given a wild card into Moscow this week. This will be his ATP main draw debut. His 1st round opponent will be fellow Russian wild card teen, Alibek Kachmazov. The winner of this matchup gets the Herculean task of playing #1 seed and world #4 Daniil Medvedev.
Arnaud Bovy (BEL) #693: Bovy was given a wild card into the Antwerp quallies and will attempt to string together a couple wins to get into the main draw.
Simon Yitbarek (SWE) #806: Yitbarek was given a wild card into the Stockholm quallies and will attempt to get into the main draw.
Alibek Kachmazov (RUS) #1497: Making his ATP tour main draw debut, Kachmazov also received a wild card and will face compatriot Alen Avidzba for the right to play #1 seed Daniil Medvedev.
Teenagers in ATP Challenger action this week:
Nicola Kuhn (ESP) #174: Kuhn is entered into the Las Vegas 80 Challenger this week. He’s seeded #9 and won’t see action until the 2nd round, against either TBD Qualifier or American Ernesto Escobedo.
Sebastian Korda (USA) #300: Korda is also entered into Las Vegas. He’ll face Ecuadorian Gonzalo Escobar in the 1st round, with the winner drawing #15 seed American Donald Young in the 2nd round.
Tomas Machac (CZE) #303: Tomas is entered into the Ismaning 90 Challenger this week. He’ll be facing German Jeremy Jahn in the 1st round with #16 seed Lukas Lacko (SVK) looming in the 2nd round.
Jack Draper (GBR) #316: Draper is continuing his American Challenger tour in Vegas this week. He faces fellow Brit Ryan Peniston in the 1st round and they will have a #8 seed Darian King of Barbados match awarded to the winner.
Chun hsin Tseng (TPE) #341: 18 year old Tseng is entered into the Ningbo 125 Challenger this week. His 1st round opponent will be Ze Zhang of China. 2nd round potential opponent would be #8 seed Alex Bolt of Australia.
Nicolas Mejia (COL) #421: Nicolas is entered into the Vegas Challenger this week. His 1st round opponent will be Thomaz Bellucci (BRA), winner getting Fairfield Challenger winner, #10 seed Australian Chris O’Connell, in the 2nd round.
Jonas Foretjek (CZE) #548: The 18 year old Czech, Jonas, will also be in Ismaning this week. His 1st round opponent will be German Louis Wessels with #14 seed Italian Stefano Napolitano waiting on the winner.