Jordan Thompson is through to the quarterfinals at the Atlanta Open after defeating German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk in straight sets.
The Aussie is capitalising on a rich vein of form in the last month which has now seen him into his fifth quarterfinal of the year. The milestone follows a hard-fought match against Gojowczyk that saw Thompson prevail 7-6(6), 6-4 in an hour and 47 minutes.
The German put up a good fight, although he never really troubled Thompson all that much. The Aussie faced just two break points compared to Gojowczyk’s 11 and sent down a handy tally of 18 aces for the match.
Thompson’s next assignment comes in the form of 19-year-old American Brandon Nakashima who is coming off a run to the final of Los Cabos and a big win over Milos Raonic in Atlanta.
It was another clean sweep for the Aussies in the Georgian capital today following wins in the doubles from the four men in action.
Matt Ebden and John-Patrick Smith secured a solid win over Cam Norrie and Taylor Fritz to advance to the quarterfinals. The pair knocked over the opposition 6-2, 7-6(1) in an hour and 17 minutes.
Also securing a path to the quarterfinals was Matt Reid and Alexei Popyrin who defeated Andre Goransson and Frederik Nielson 7-6(4), 2-6, 11-9 in an hour and a half. The victory means that three of the four quarterfinal matchups will have an Aussie flavour.
A little further north in Kentucky, both Jason Kubler and Thanasi Kokkinakis secured wins at the ATP Challenger in Lexington.
Kubler opened his account in Lexington following a frustrating week in Kazakhstan where he had to pull out midway through his semifinal match due to injury.
Kubler played his first-round match against Ecuadorian Emilio Gomez, winning 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(6) in a gruelling contest that lasted two hours and 12 minutes. It was a tough one for the Aussie after a long flight and he was seen cramping during the match. He’ll aim to join Kokkinakis in the quarterfinals when he plays his second-round match against Brit Aidan McHugh.
Kokkinakis is already through to the quarters after a tough victory over Juan Pablo Ficovich.
The Aussie had to dig deep but eventually prevailed in three sets, sending the Argentine packing with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 victory in two hours and 13 minutes. Kokkinakis put forth a delightful serving display, winning 86% of points on his first serve and hitting 12 aces for the match. He’s set to face American Jenson Brooksby in the final eight.
Some 500km northwest of Lexington, three Aussies took to the courts at the ITF M25K in Champaign, Illinois.
It was a day of mixed results as Rinky Hijikata and Tristan Schoolkate were eliminated, with Dane Sweeny the only one to advance to the second round.
Sweeny had to dig deep against fourth seed Shintaro Imai to come away with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory. The Aussie overcame an average second set and was able to refocus, putting his opponent away towards the end of the final set. He only faced three breakpoints for the entire match compared to 10 from Imai.
Hijikata’s nine-match winning streak has come to a close after the University of North Carolina student fell to British eighth seed Paul Jubb 6-7, 5-7.
Rounding out the results in Illinois was Tristan Schoolkate who was defeated by Siphosothando Montsi 4-6, 4-6.
Over at the M15K in Tunisia, Jeremy Beale advanced to the second round in the singles after defeating Maxence Beauge of France 6-3, 7-5. The Aussie was in control for the entire match, not facing a single breakpoint as he waltzed to victory.
It wasn’t the best day for the ladies on the ITF Tour, with both Seone Mendez, Alana Parnaby and Tina Nadine Smith crashing out of their respective tournaments.
Mendez came up short in her opening round clash at the ITF W60K in Versmold, losing to Anna Danilina 1-6, 6-4, 1-6.
Fellow Aussie Parnaby and partner Maria Kostiuk were eliminated from the doubles, losing 2-6, 4-6 to Nicole Rivkin and Noma Noha Akugue.
Finally, Smith was outdone by Leyre Romero Gormaz at the ITF W15K in Cairo, losing 5-7, 4-6.
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