A beautiful day greeted fans for Thursday play in New Haven, and a host of American winners put together impressive performances and propelled themselves into the quarterfinals.
First up, Oracle Challenger Series Houston champion and No. 4 seed Bradley Klahn finished up his second round match against Ulises Blanch, after the action was suspended due to darkness on Wednesday evening. Klahn, a preeminent favorite on the men’s side of the draw, found himself in a tough back-and-forth affair that took nearly three hours to complete. It’s a quick turnaround for the American, as he’ll head back onto the courts in New Haven later today to face Christopher Eubanks.
Over on Court 7, No. 6 seed Tommy Paul downed fellow American compatriot Sekou Bangoura 6-1, 7-5. Paul was impressive early and often, serving up five aces along with winning 87% (27/31) of his first service points.
Noah Rubin continued the winning ways for the Americans, dispatching No. 7 seed Swiss Henri Laaksonen in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. After an incredible comeback in his second round match, Rubin needed less than an hour to emerge victorious and advance to the quarterfinals.
Two Oracle Challenger Series champions battled it out on Court 4, as Indian Wells Doubles titlist Marcos Giron completed an epic comeback against Chicago singles champion Denis Istomin. After winning just two games in the opening set, the American Giron stormed back to take the match 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3.
Elsewhere in men’s action, No. 1 seed Andreas Seppi completed an impressive comeback of his own against Canadian Peter Polansky. Next up for the Italian is the winner of Noah Rubin vs. Henri Laaksonen.
In late afternoon play on Court 1, American Bradley Klahn got back on court for his third round matchup against Oracle US Tennis Award recipient Christopher Eubanks. Ultimately, it was Klahn who emerged victorious after a tremendous three set battle 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4). He’ll have to reenergize quickly from his action-packed day, as Klahn gets fellow American Tommy Paul in the quarterfinals next.
Michael Mmoh continued to impress in New Haven, claiming a three set victory over Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez. It was the American’s third consecutive upset this week, and he’ll look to do it again on Friday when he takes on No. 3 seed Damir Dzumhur in the quarterfinals.
In a battle of international seeded opponents, Canadian Brayden Schnur advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Barbados’ Darian King. Schnur next meets American Marcos Giron with a spot in the semifinals on the line.