American Men Roll in Second Round Action

Oracle Challenger Series
Sep 4, 2019

An action-packed slate of men’s matchups on Wednesday saw Tommy Paul, Marcos Giron, Noah Rubin, Ryan Shane, Michael Mhoh and more move into the winner’s circle.

On Court 1, an All-American matchup between No. 6 seed Tommy Paul and Oracle Challenger Series veteran Thai-Son Kwiatkowski saw the former emerge victorious 7-6(3), 6-4. In his first match of the week, Paul cooked up nine aces to power past Kwiatkowski and into the tournament’s third round.

Oracle Challenger Series Indian Wells Doubles champion Marcos Giron eliminated fellow countryman John McNally in two sets that needed tiebreaks, emerging with a 7-6(6), 7-6(5) triumph. The tournament No. 9 seed will face Denis Istomin with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line next.

Late in the afternoon on Court 7, American Noah Rubin put together one of the most incredible comebacks we’ve seen throughout all Oracle Challenger Series events. After failing to win a single game in the opening set, the Series veteran stormed back by taking the next two frames in dominant fashion 6-2, 6-1. There’s no doubt that Rubin utilized his experience from prior Series events, including his quarterfinals appearance in Newport Beach. He’ll look to make it in to the quarterfinals once again, as he meets No. 7 seed Henri Laaksonen next.

Ryan Shane upset No. 13 seed and fellow countryman Mitchell Krueger in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Needing just over an hour to complete the victory, the former University of Virginia standout served up an eye-opening twelve aces and won 88% (35/40) of his first service points.

Another American vs. American match greeted fans on Court 7, as Oracle US Tennis Award recipient Christopher Eubanks defeated 24-year-old Strong Kirchheimer 7-6(4), 6-4 to advance to the third round.

In a significant upset, Michael Mmoh eliminated No. 5 seed Denis Kudla in brisk 7-5, 6-0 fashion. In less than an hour and a half, Mmoh took full advantage of every opportunity provided by Kudla, including winning 100% (5/5) of his break point chances. Next, Mmoh gets another seeded opponent in No. 11 Emilio Gomez.

Over on Court 3, No. 3 seed Damir Dzumhur ousted Cyprus’ Petros Chrysochos 6-3, 6-2 to stamp his ticket into the third round in New Haven. Fresh off of an impressive showing at the US Open in which he took a set off of the great Roger Federer, Dzumhur continued his upward trajectory behind the strength of an 83% (5/6) break point success rate. Next, the Bosnian will meet Ryan Shane with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line.

Later in the afternoon, No. 2 seed Brayden Schnur took to Court 1 for his opening match against JC Aragone, downing the American 7-5, 6-2 to begin his 2019-2020 Road to Indian Wells.

On Court 2, New Haven native Roy Smith was unable to continue his momentum from Tuesday’s victory, as he fell in a valiant effort against men’s overall No. 1 seed and ATP Tour veteran Andreas Seppi. After taking the first set to a tiebreak, Smith succumbed to the pressure from Seppi in the eventual 7-6(3), 6-3 final.

Also falling on the American side was 2019 BNP Paribas Open wild card recipient Donald Young, who was bested by No. 8 seed Denis Istomin in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. The Uzbek is used to winning ways at the Oracle Challenger Series, having won the 2018 Chicago event over Reilly Opelka.

The Americans regained form in New Haven thanks to Oracle Challenger Series Chicago competitor Sekou Bangoura, who downed Danish Mikael Torpegaard 7-6, 4-6, 6-1. Bangoura will meet fellow American and No. 6 seed Tommy Paul next.

Elsewhere in on-court action, two international ranked seeds stamped their tickets into the third round. No. 14 Darian King of Barbados and No. 16 Peter Polansky of Canada overcame challenges from Marcelo Arevalo and Evan Zhu respectively.

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