Three Americans along with Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur have advanced to the New Haven men’s semifinals; as Marcos Giron, Noah Rubin and Tommy Paul all put together stellar performances on Friday.
In a matchup of the No. 9 vs. No. 2 seeds, two experienced Oracle Challenger Series competitors battled it out with a spot in the semifinals on the line. American Marcos Giron downed Canadian Brayden Schnur 6-2, 6-2, needing less than an hour of total match time to complete the victory. While Schnur has been rock solid throughout his time at the Series including a finals appearance in Newport Beach, he could not overcome the pinpoint shot making and accuracy that Giron harnessed on Friday.
It was a tougher match for Damir Dzumhur, but the Bosnian eventually outlasted American Michael Mmoh 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 to set up his semifinal contest against Giron. After dropping the first set, Dzumhur rebounded in incredible fashion to give up a total of only three more games throughout the rest of the match. Dzumhur has been steadily rising up the ATP Tour rankings, and is looking to put an emphatic stamp on his season with a title in New Haven.
Giron vs. Dzumhur is a matchup of two players on the verge of career breakthroughs, each of whom have showcased their mettle in impressive performances against some of the top names in the sport. Dzumhur took a set off of the great Roger Federer at the US Open just a few weeks ago, and Giron was the surprise of the 2019 BNP Paribas Open with victories over Jeremy Chardy and Alex De Minaur before narrowly falling to World No. 13 Milos Raonic. Whomever emerges victorious in New Haven, it’ll be no surprise for those who have been paying attention.
Noah Rubin is continuing his incredible tournament in New Haven, as he shockingly upset World No. 77 and the tournament top seed Andreas Seppi 7-6(4), 7-6(4). While most believed Seppi’s experience would be too much for the young American, Rubin turned in a performance for the ages including six aces along with saving 86% (6/7) break point opportunities. While he’s been on the ATP Tour for only a couple of seasons, Rubin showed once again why he is mature beyond his years.
It’ll be an All-American semifinal in New Haven, as 22-year-old Tommy Paul pulled off an upset of his own over Oracle Challenger Series Houston champion Bradley Klahn. While it was certainly conceivable that Paul could triumph on Friday, not many would have foreseen the dominant straight set 6-4, 6-4 victory that occurred.
World No. 195 Noah Rubin vs. World No. 114 Tommy Paul is a first-time matchup, providing two Americans with a chance for a premier accolade in each of their young careers. Both Rubin and Paul are Oracle Challenger Series mainstays who have competed at a myriad of events and are each looking to reach their first Series semifinals. While Rubin is certainly the more experienced Challenger player with four career titles, it would be a fitting continuation of the week for Paul to once again notch an unexpected upset.