US-American youngsters victorious in Charlottesville

ATP Challenger Charlottesville (photo: fb)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, November 4, 2015

The seeds started to fall on day two of main draw play at the 2015 Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger benefiting Special Olympics Virginia.

Starting off the day, No. 8 seed Liam Broady took to the court against American teen and wild card, Ernesto Escobedo. Broady quickly took the first set 6-0 after firing in five aces and winning three out of four break points. However in the second set, momentum started to shift as Escobedo found his rhythm and took the set in a tight tie break. In the final and decisive set, Escobedo dominated the points, hitting four aces and winning 100% of his first serve points. Winning the match 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-3, Escobedo now faces Dimitar Kutrovsky in the second round.

Shortly after, defending champion and No. 2 seed, James Duckworth, took to the court for another three set match. Although Duckworth took the first set rather easily, qualifier David Rice played tough tennis and was able to win the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-2. Rice will now play fellow qualifier Stefan Kozlov in the second round.

American teens continued the winning streak, as Frances Tiafoe battled it out against No. 1 seed Malek Jaziri including a hilarious miss. Tiafoe was able to take the first set 7-6(5) in just over a hour, and then quickly closed out the match 6-4 in the second set.

Tiafoe misses ball with airswing:

Tomorrow in the first of two featured evening matches, University of Virginia favorites, Mac Styslinger and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, team up in the doubles competition where they will be taking on No. 3 seeds Peter Polansky and Adil Shamasdin. Immediately following, American favorite and No. 4 seed Ryan Harrison then looks to move in to the quarter-finals when he takes on Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen in the second round.

Singles – First Round

Frances Tiafoe, United States, d. Malek Jaziri (1), Tunisia, 7-6(5), 6-4,

Q-Stefan Kozlov, United States, d. WC-Colin Altamirano, 6-3, 6-0,

Alex Kuznetsov, United States, d. Q-Takanyi Garanganga, Zimbabwe, 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-0,

ALT-Tommy Paul, United States, d. Chase Buchanan, United States, 6-2, 6-4,

WC-Ernesto Escobedo, United States, d. Liam Broady (8), Great Britain, 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-3,

Mitchell Krueger, United States, d. WC-Mac Styslinger, United States, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0,

Jared Donaldson (6), United States, d. Marek Michalicka, Czech Republic, 7-6(3), 6-4,

Q-Noah Rubin, United States, d. Eric Quigley, United States, 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4,

Q-David Rice, Great Britain, d. James Duckworth (2), Australia, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Doubles – First Round

Daniel Smethurst and Darren Walsh, Great Britain, d. Sekou Bangoura, United States, and Marek

Michalicka, Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-6(5),

Bjorn Fratangelo, United States, and Joshua Milton, Great Britain, d. WC-Luca Corinteli and Ryan

Shane, United States, 6-4, 7-6(5),

Henri Laaksonen and Luca Margaroli, Switzerland, d. Q-Reilly Opelka and Tommy Paul, United States, 6-2, 6-2.