It’ll be a stateside battle for the trophy in New Haven, as two Americans put together stellar performances to advance in the first event on the 2019-2020 Road to Indian Wells.
First on, Oracle Challenger Series veteran and Indian Wells Doubles champion Marcos Giron overcame a tough matchup against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in a three-set thriller. The American made it three straight victories over higher seeded opponents, as he’s had everything working this week in the Elm City. Firing off ten aces and pinpoint shot making, he downed the World No. 99 in an exciting matchup on Court 2.
Finishing off his own semifinal just a few minutes later, Tommy Paul eliminated Noah Rubin in concise one hour and twenty-five-minute fashion. Paul played an absolutely perfect first set, refusing to allow Rubin to win even a single game. After a 6-0 opening frame, he finished off the victory in a gritty 7-6(8) second set.
The All-American matchup between Giron and Paul pits two rising stars against each other, in a final that will surely have it all. Even more intriguing, the two have been hitting partners throughout the week and feel well acquainted with the other’s game. “We’ve helped each other out in practice plenty of times over the summer and we’ve become friends, so there’s not going to be any secrets out there” said Giron about the matchup. Paul had a similar sentiment, acknowledging the challenge he has in front of him “Marcos is great everywhere, he’s got a tremendous serve, hits the ball fast and has had a really good year in all the tournaments.”
While there won’t be any surprises between the two Americans on Sunday, the fans are in for an incredible final to determine the men’s winner in New Haven.