Young, Smyczek, Opelka Advance in BB&T Open

Atlanta resident, Donald Young ended a drought at the BB&T Atlanta Open with a hard fought 3-6, 7-6 (10), 7-5 win over Austin Krajicek on Monday in first round action. Young saved match points in the second set and came back from being down a break in the third to advance to second round play. The match between the two Americans lasted 2 hours and 33 minutes.

American Tim Smyczek began his run at the 2016 BB&T Atlanta Open with a win over Lucky Loser, Thiago Monteiro of Brazil 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3. Smyczek took the lead in the first set with a break at 4-4. However, it was Monteiro answered with a break at 5-4 followed by a strong hold and another break to take the set point.The second set began with both players trading holds until Smyczek hit a series of overheads to break and go ahead 5-4. The momentum changed as Smyczek hit two double faults to give the Brazilian a break and the lead at 6-5. Smyczek forced a tiebreaker and charged the net to take command in the tiebreaker.

The third set was all about confidence as the Milwaukee native received a boost for the final set. Smyczek broke early to go up 2-0 and never gave up that advantage to close out the match. Smyczek even unleashed a 122 mph ace in the deciding set and finished with 10 aces for the match.

“I was struggling a little bit physically early on,” admitted Smyczek. “He served for the match and gave me a couple of loose errors, and I kind of got the feeling he’s a little nervous closing out the match. That was kind of what I needed. Just to have him give me an inch gave me a little more energy to carry through.”

18-year old Reilly Opelka earned his first ATP World Tour main draw match with a 7-6(9), 7-6(5) victory over Georgia Tech’s Christopher Eubanks, ending Eubanks run that started in the Wildcard Challenge Pre-Qualifer in Atlanta.

RESULTS – AUGUST 01, 2016
Men’s
Singles – First Round
[7] D. Young (USA) d [Q] A. Krajicek (USA) 36 76(10) 75
A. Mannarino (FRA) d [Q] M. Zverev (GER) 63 36 76(5)
[WC] R. Opelka (USA) d [Q] C. Eubanks (USA) 76(9) 76(5)
T. Smyczek (USA) d [LL] T. Monteiro (BRA) 57 76(5) 63
[WC] J. Donaldson (USA) d S. Groth (AUS) 62 64
Men’s
Doubles – First Round
M. Demoliner (BRA) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d T. Kamke (GER) / D. Lajovic (SRB) 62 64
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] J. Frawley (AUS) / N. Kyrgios (AUS) 64 60
ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, AUGUST 02, 2016
STADIUM COURT start 12:00 noon
[6] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)
I. Sijsling (NED) vs B. Fratangelo (USA)

 

Not Before 4:00 pm
[5] F. Verdasco (ESP) vs D. Lajovic (SRB)

 

Not Before 6:00 pm
[WC] A. Smith (USA) vs [8] T. Fritz (USA)
[WC] C. Eubanks (USA) / Z. Kennedy (USA) vs [Alt] T. Monteiro (BRA) / Y. Nishioka (JPN)
AJC GRANDSTAND COURT start 12:00 noon
D. Evans (GBR) vs Y. Nishioka (JPN)
[PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) vs [Q] J. Smith (AUS)

S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs I. Dodig (CRO)

Fans and media are encouraged to see the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games 20th Anniversary Exhibit presented by Coca-Cola. The exhibit is free and open to the public and coincides with the BB&T Atlanta Open’s celebration of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, which runs July 30 – August 7.

Tickets on sale now at www.bbtatlantaopen.com.

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