Early morning rain sent the first matches of the day to the indoor courts at XS Tennis Village but failed to stop the excellent tennis we’ve witnessed this week in Chicago.
Of the ten American men in this second round of play Noah Rubin and Bjorn Fratangelo were the first to punch their quarterfinals tickets. After falling in the first set, Rubin came back against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin to win 57, 62, 75.
In the first all-American head to head of the day, Fratangelo defeated Sekou Bangoura in three sets: 64, 16, 75. In doing so, Fratangelo maintains his perfect record against the Florida-native. Fratangelo and Rubin will meet one another in the quarterfinals.
Chicago native Donald Young has advanced to the quarterfinals, beating John-Patrick Smith of Australia 63, 64.
The marathon match of the day was between qualifier Alexander Sarkissian and wild card JC Aragone. The Americans played for a grueling 3:12 in the 312 (Chicago’s area code) but, in the end, if is Aragone who will play another day, beating his opponent 26, 76(4), 76(3).
Aragone will next meet Germany’s Koepfer Dominik who beat American Mitchell Krueger in three sets: 46, 76(4), 62.
Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium, who bested Kaichi Uchiida of Japan 63, 64, and Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin who defeat America’s Tommy Paul each claimed quarterfinals seats. The final, of which, will be occupied by American Reilly Opelka who defeated compatriot Michael Mmoh in straight sets: 64, 64.