Young Americans Jared Donaldson and Reilly Opelka posted big wins Monday at the Cincinnati Masters. The 19-year-old Donaldson surprised Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-6(2) while 18-year-old Opelka stunned Jeremy Chardy 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(9).
Chardy held two match points on the 6-foot-11 Floridian but couldn’t convert at 6-5 and 8-7 in the final set breaker.
Opelka is ranked No. 364 and comes off an Atlanta semifinal last month where he picked up his first career Top 30 win beating Kevin Anderson. He won the Wimbledon juniors last year but since has been beset by injury. He’ll meet another Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Wednesday.
Pablo Cuevas eliminated Sam Querrey 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 to set up a Wednesday showdown with Rafael Nadal.
Grigor Dimitrov cruised past Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-3. Simon’s countryman Julien Benneteau bounced David Ferrer 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. The 34-year-old Ferrer has won just 3 of his last 7 matches on the hardcourts.
Nick Kyrgios and Lucas Pouille were battling past midnight due to the early afternoon rains.
Former finalist John Isner opens play tomorrow against Italian Fabio Fognini and No. 2 seed Stan Wawrinka meets the teen from Rhode Island Donaldson.
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