The BB&T Atlanta Open continues as John Isner advances, Nick Kyrgios takes court tonight

Midweek matches mean fans start to see the top seeds take the match courts, and on Wednesday that meant Hyeon Chung, Ryan Harrison, and John Isner were the focus of attention.

No. 3 seed, Hyeon Chung defeated Taylor Fritz in two exciting sets, including a second set tiebreaker. Chung, who has been off the Tour for 10 weeks, looked sharp in earning a break in the opening set and closing out the American on his serve.

Chung earned another early break in the second set, but Fritz broke back as Chung appeared to lose his concentration. A refocused Chung forced a tiebreaker and earned a quick mini-break before defeating Fritz, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

2017 BB&T Atlanta Open finalist, Ryan Harrison defeated Slovak, Lukáš Lacko in three sets, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Harrison got off to his second slow start of the tournament, before finding his range with his forehand and improving his first serve percentage.

Harrison was one racket down in the third game of the first set but, sometimes an outburst like that can help; and with Harrison, it paid dividends as soon as the first set ended. Once Harrison calmed down and found his confidence, you could see him pick up the pace and take the match. Harrison will move on to play Chung in the quarterfinals.

Australian Alex de Minaur attempted a bold strategy against John Isner’s trademarked serve. By standing on the service line, de Minaur looked as if he wanted to surprise the big server by taking his sometimes 140 mph serves early. Unfortunately for the Australian, he only reached a single break point on the No. 8 player in the world. Isner took the first break of the match by fighting off a game point at 3-2 to make the score 4-2 in the first set.  de Minaur had a slight chance by earning a breakpoint in the following game but the opportunity was eliminated by a huge Isner serve. At 5-2, the 6’10” veteran stopped play to challenge a ball hoping to break de Minaur and clinch the first set. However, the ball clipped the baseline and the Australian survived. Isner eventually redeemed himself by challenging another line call in the following game to win the first set 6-3.

The second set was uneventful with Isner overpowering the 19-year-old to break his serve in the opening game. Serving once again at 2-4, de Minaur double-faulted on break point to basically ensure the match to the American. Four big serves later, Isner had earned a spot into the quarterfinals on Friday against Mischa Zverev, with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

“It was a pretty comprehensive win. I am happy about that. You never know how you are going to come out,” said Isner. “This is my first match on hard court since Miami. It’s been a little bit. I have not practiced too much before this tournament. The focus was resting after that long match. I am very happy. I was happy I played on Wednesday.”

*Fan favorite and No. 2 seed Nick Kyrgios plays his first match this evening against Noah Rubin of the United States.

Wednesday’s Results:

RESULTS – JULY 25, 2018

Men’s

Singles – Second Round

[1] J. Isner (USA) d A. de Minaur (AUS) 63 62

[3] [WC] H. Chung (KOR) d T. Fritz (USA) 64 76(5)

[7] M. Zverev (GER) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 64 62

[8] R. Harrison (USA) d L. Lacko (SVK) 26 62 63

Men’s

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[3] N. Monroe (USA) / J. Smith (AUS) d [WC] C. Eubanks (USA) / D. Young (USA) 63 26 10-4

First Round

R. Arneodo (MON) / J. Chardy (FRA) d [1] D. Sharan (IND) / A. Sitak (NZL) 64 75

[2] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA) d M. Arevalo (ESA) / M. Reyes-Varela (MEX) 75 61

T. Fritz (USA) / C. Norrie (GBR) d [4] J. Erlich (ISR) / J. Salisbury (GBR) 63 64

 

Thursday’s Schedule:

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018

STADIUM COURT start 12:00 noon

[4] M. Ebden (AUS) vs [WC] D. Young (USA)

M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs [5] F. Tiafoe (USA)

[6] J. Chardy (FRA) vs C. Norrie (GBR)

 

Not Before 7:00 pm

[Q] N. Rubin (USA) vs [2] N. Kyrgios (AUS)

P. Raja (IND) / K. Skupski (GBR) vs T. Fritz (USA) / C. Norrie (GBR)

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