In a stunning comeback at the Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster, last year’s finalist Taylor Fritz saved three match points to upset eighth-seed Yen-Hsun Lu 4-6, 7-6, 7-6. It was a thrilling, tough match and the one thing in Fritz’s mind was not to lose.
“These are the moments I play for, the pressure moments, that’s my favorite thing about this sport,” Fritz said. “I was just thinking I didn’t want to lose. Sometime you just find a way … you can’t explain it.”
Playing at the Memphis Open for the first time since last year’s final, Fritz found the fan support to be the same. “It was a little nerve-wracking,” Fritz said. “But just like last year the fans got me through it.”
Darian King may not be the most recognized name outside his island paradise home of Barbados but the 24-year-old scored the biggest win of his career. King advanced through the qualifying rounds to reach the main draw where he upset the 5th seed Bernard Tomic of Australia, 6-4, 6-4.
“Playing Bernard and beating him is a dream come true,” King said after his first ever Tour level win in his second such event. “(Tennis) on Barbados is not as big and coming from there to come and compete against these guys is a lot of progress.
I’m glad to get my first ATP win. Hopefully I can continue this run; I’m glad for this win and glad for the win for Barbados.”
American Ryan Harrison accounted for Russian Konstantin Kravchuk 6-3, 7-5 setting him up with a second round match versus third seed and friend Sam Querrey that will guarantee an American in the quarterfinals.
A tussle between two qualifiers, Aussie Matt Ebden and Canadian Peter Polansky, resulted in Ebden rallying from a set down to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 while 2008 Memphis Open champion and this year’s 7th seed Steve Darcis survived a tight match against Radu Albot 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. The final match of Day 2 saw American qualifier Tim Smyczek take out wild card Frances Tiafoe in 3 sets.
Day 3 singles action will see Dustin Brown and his long flowing braids playing Mikhail Kukushkin. Donald Young faces Reilly Opelka in an All-American matchup and in the evening session, second seed John Isner faces Japanese youngster Yoshihito Nishioka. The Japanese player said of his first match against Isner that he hopes to get “a chance to break his serve once.” Nishioka added: “The first thing I must remember is to focus on my service games and the second is to get a chance on (his) service games.”
Closing out Stadium Court will be Querrey and Harrison. Meanwhile in singles on Grandstand Aussie Jordan Thompson plays Nikoloz Basilashvili and Damir Dzumhur plays Darcis.
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