It was yet another day of tight matches and tiebreaks today at the KPSF Open. In the opening singles match of the day Dennis Novikov looked like he might not continue the form that led him to beat the number one seed in the first round. He dropped the first set 5-7 to Daniel Galan but managed to bounce back and win the next two frames 6-3, 6-4. Despite playing the full three sets Novikov managed to finish the match in just an hour and 42 minutes, which should be helpful as he’ll be up first for his quarterfinal match in tomorrow’s day session.
2014 Wimbledon Junior Champion Noah Rubin made his recovery day even easier, dispatching qualifier Jared Hiltzik in just 59 minutes. Rubin currently sits at his career high of 162 in the world, but even that ranking doesn’t do Rubin justice. Since turning pro in June of 2015, Rubin has yet to have a full year on tour without a lengthy injury. If he can make it through 2018 healthy, a break into the top 100 seems highly likely.
On the doubles side of the draw we had an incredible comeback in the match tiebreak. The team of Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Christopher Rungkat found themselves down 6-9 to Dennis Novikov and Goncalo Oliveira. After 5 straight clutch points, Rungkat and Nedunchezhiyan claimed victory and moved on to the semifinal.
After the doubles comeback fired up the sizable Thursday night crowd, it was time for Mackie McDonald and Jason Jung to take the court. Despite making the semifinal at Dallas last week, it felt like Jung was a heavy underdog coming into the match. Even after the first set, which McDonald won 6-1, it seemed as if the result was a foregone conclusion. But Jung did not go out quietly. He won the second set in a tiebreak and the momentum shift was complete. The third set finished at 6-2, with Jung breaking McDonald’s serve 3 times.
Friday will be another fantastic day of tennis starting at 2 PM, all four singles quarterfinals will be played on Stadium Court, with two doubles matches alongside on Barry MacKay Court. Rubin, Novikov, Bradley Klahn, and Michael Mmoh will all be looking for a spot in the singles semifinals, with a chance of an all-USA final four. Mmoh will take on fellow ATP NextGen player Miomir Kecmanovic in the first match of the night session, followed by Rubin taking on Jung. Any one of the quarterfinals could be a feature match. Catch them all if you can! Don’t forget to join us for a happy hour with Health Ade Kombucha at 5 PM. They’ll be serving up some fantastic cocktails mixed with their signature bubbly tea.
Looking forward to Semifinal Saturday, make sure to set your schedule for a 3 PM start time. We’ll start the day with a doubles semifinal at 3 and move into both singles semis at 5:30 and 7:00 PM respectively. Looking through the draw we’ll have fantastic tennis all weekend. Every player from top to bottom has amazing talent and is fired up to win the title.
Thanks to all of you who have made it out for the early rounds of the tournament, you’ve been a fantastic crowd and we can’t wait to see you all through the rest of the event!