VICTORY AT SAN DIEGO OPEN ATP 250 AT BARNES TENNIS CENTER
Individuals McDonald, Johnson and Giron Spotlight Wednesday’s Schedule
By Richard Osborn
SAN DIEGO (September 20, 2022) – Each rating factors and hometown bragging rights have been on the road Tuesday night time on the San Diego Open ATP 250, the place locals Brandon Nakashima and Zachary Svajda went head-to-head in opening-round motion at Barnes Tennis Middle.
Ultimately, it was the fifth seed Nakashima of San Diego who would come out on prime, dispatching the wildcard Svajda of La Jolla, 7-5, 7-6 (5). The 69th-ranked Nakashima continues to construct on a summer time that has seen the 21-year-old break by to the Spherical of 16 at Wimbledon, and attain the third spherical earlier this month on the US Open.
“It was a really powerful match proper from the start,” stated Nakashima, who saved three set factors within the second set. “Zach is so proficient, placing the ball rather well. We’re good mates off the courtroom. We observe so much collectively right here in San Diego, so I knew it was going to be a tricky match right this moment. I used to be simply fortunate to seize a couple of factors on the finish of every set. “
Svajda, simply 19 and No. 411 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, acquitted himself nicely within the one-hour, 54-minute battle. The 2-time Boys’ 18s Nationals champion (2019, 2021) typically prolonged the baseline rallies, flashing his defensive abilities and making his opponent hit the additional ball or two. Nakashima completed with 36 winners to twenty-eight unforced errors, and gained 15 of 19 internet factors.
Subsequent up for the San Diegan is countryman Denis Kudla, who earlier within the night held off 38-year-old wildcard Fernando Verdasco of Spain, 6-3, 6-3, in a single hour and 17 minutes.
The left-hander Verdasco is not any stranger to stress. (See his practically five-hour-long, five-set dismissal of countryman Rafael Nadal on the 2016 Australian Open.) The previous world No. 7 did his finest to work his approach again into the match, narrowing a 0-5 deficit within the second set with three unanswered video games. However the 30-year-old Kudla held on for victory, breaking their 1-1 impasse in profession head-to-heads.
“I assumed the match was nearly excellent till 6-3, 5-0 and I made a decision that the match was already over,” stated Kudla with amusing. “That was my greatest mistake. I bought somewhat tight. You see, the professionals choke, too. I am human. “
Texan Mitchell Kreuger prevailed in a conflict of qualifiers in Barnes Stadium, ousting Atlanta’s Christopher Eubanks, 6-4, 6-4, of their first tour-level encounter. The 28-year-old broke for 4-3 within the first set, and for 2-1 within the second to advance.
“If I deal with my serve, it frees up the remainder of my recreation,” stated Kreuger, who did not face a break level and gained 34 of 39 first-serve factors (87 p.c). “It takes lots of stress off me. I assumed I performed about as clear of a match as I probably may. Chris is a giant participant who can take the racquet out of your hand. “
Kreuger will subsequent face seventh seed James Duckworth of Australia in Spherical 2.
Taro Daniel of Japan snapped a four-match skid, shifting into the second spherical with a 6-4, 6-3 dismissal of 20-year-old Emilio Nava of Woodland Hills, Calif. Nava, a qualifier, got here into the occasion at a career-high No. 173 after starting the yr at No. 323.
WEDNESDAY’S PREVIEW: BACK TO SCHOOL
Wednesday’s lineup on the San Diego Open ATP 250 has a sure collegiate, Pac-12 really feel to it, with a number of former UCLA, USC and Stanford stars – all former NCAA singles champions – set to take the courtroom.
Onetime Trojan Steve Johnson, who twice gained the NCAA singles title in his days at USC (2011-12), will kick off the night session at 5:30 pm, in Barnes Stadium when he takes on sixth seed Alejandro Tabilo of Chile. No. 3 seed Marcos Giron, the 2014 NCAA singles champ at UCLA, will observe towards Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
Former UCLA Bruin Mackenzie McDonald, himself an NCAA singles and doubles champion in 2016, will usher within the day session at 11:30 am, when he faces Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen.
The doubles draw will see Stanford alum Bradley Klahn, who captured the NCAA singles title in 2010, workforce up with the veteran Verdasco to tackle Mexico’s Hans Hach Verdugo and Deal with Huey of the Philippines.