The final time Australian James Duckworth performed countryman Alexei Popyrin in California, in an ATP Challenger Tour occasion in 2018, he wanted a final-set tie-break to triumph. Popyrin examined Duckworth once more on Monday within the first spherical of the San Diego Open, however the veteran once more discovered a approach by means of.
The seventh seed surged previous Popyrin 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 behind 14 aces in two hours and 20 minutes to succeed in the second spherical. Duckworth saved six of the eight break factors he confronted to maneuver to 2-0 in his ATP Head2Head collection with Popyrin.
The 30-year-old will subsequent attempt to attain his second tour-level quarter-final of the 12 months, having superior to the final eight in Newport in July. He’ll play one in all two American qualifiers: Christopher Eubanks or Mitchell Krueger.
Duckworth has discovered kind in current weeks, having made an ATP Challenger Tour last in France earlier this month. It is a vital week for the Australian, who’s defending 150 Pepperstone ATP Rankings factors this week that he earned final 12 months by reaching the ultimate in Nur-Sultan.
In different motion, Tomas Martin Etcheverry gained an all-Argentine conflict in opposition to qualifier Facundo Mena 7-6(6), 6-3 in two hours and 6 minutes. The World No. 89 will subsequent problem third seed Marcos Giron of america.
There are two matches nonetheless to be performed on Monday. Eighth seed J.J. Wolf will play fellow American Stefan Kozlov and residential favorite Brandon Holt, who certified for the US Open and reached the second spherical, will attempt to defeat Frenchman Fixed Lestienne.
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