TALLAHASSEE, April 28, 2016
Five US-Americans will be in the quarterﬁnals of the $50,000 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger for the second consecutive year. All ﬁve will be in action Thursday at Forestmeadows Tennis Complex.
It’ll be a battle of the qualiﬁers as James McGee and Stefan Kozlov take the court for their quarterﬁnal match.
Former semiﬁnalist McGee is back in the quarterﬁnals here for the second time in his career after defeating Nicolas Jarry and No.5 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili. He leads the pair’s head-to-head 1-0, having defeated Kozlov in Maui last year.
The 18-year-old US-American will be making his quarterﬁnal debut here after two tough three set wins over Jose Hernandez-Fernandez and No.2 seed Gerald Melzer.
Great Britain’s James Ward is back in the quarterﬁnals here for a second time and he sets up a ﬁrst time meeting with French young gun Quentin Halys.
Ward, a former Top 100 payer, has won four Challenger titles in his career. A member of Great Britain’s Davis Cup team, he has played in 19 ties and defeated USA’s No.1 John Isner last year. Ward defeated two Frenchman en route to the quarterﬁnals, Axel Michon and Calvin Hemery.
Halys, who is making his Tallahassee debut, is through to his fourth quarterﬁnal of the year after defeating No.4 seed Bjorn Fratangelo and qualiﬁer Sekou Bangoura.
Top seed Donald Young returns to the Tallahassee Challenger quarterﬁnals for the ﬁfth time in his career after two straight sets wins, defeating Ernesto Escobedo and Daniil Medvedev. The former champion sets up a ﬁrst time meeting with fellow US-American Frances Tiafoe, who reached the ﬁnals here last year.
The 18-year-old, who won the USTA Pro Circuit Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge last year, is playing in his ﬁfth quarterﬁnal of the year after defeating defending champion Facundo Arguello and fellow US-American young gun Mitchell Krueger.
USA’s Brian Baker and Noah Rubin will take the court Thursday to ﬁnish their second round match. The pair was tied at 2-2 in the opening set prior to lightening in the area. They will kick off Center Court play at 11am.
The winner of this match will face off with fellow US-American Ryan Harrison Thursday afternoon for a spot in the semiﬁnals. Harrison defeated Giovanni Lapentti on Wednesday to book his spot in the Tallahassee Challenger quarterﬁnals for a second time. It will be a ﬁrst time professional meeting for Harrison and either Baker or Rubin.
Defending doubles champions, Dennis Novikov and Julio Peralta, will continue their campaign for a second consecutive Tallahassee Challenger title Thursday afternoon. The duo will meet Chile’s Nicolas Jarry and Ecuador’s Giovanni Lapentti.
FSU’s No.1 doubles team of Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez will be back in action Thursday night as they face off with No.3 seed Purav Raja and Divij Sharan.
RESULT – Wednesday, April 27
Singles Second Round
 Donald Young (USA) d. Daniil Medvedev (Russia) 6-4 7-6(5)
[Q] Stefan Kozlov (USA) d.  Gerald Melzer (Austria) 6-2 3-6 6-2
[Q] James McGee (Ireland) d.  Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 6-3 6-0
Frances Tiafoe (USA) d. Mitchell Krueger (USA) 6-4 3-6 6-1
Ryan Harrison (USA) d. Giovanni Lapentti (Ecuador) 6-3 6-4
James Ward (Great Britain) d. Calvin Hemery (France) 6-4 6-0
Quentin Halys (France) d. [Q] Sekou Bangoura (USA) 6-3 6-2
[WC] Brian Baker (USA) vs. Noah Rubin (USA) 2-2 suspended (rain)
Peter Luczak (Australia) / Marc Polmans (Australia) d.  Philip Bester (Canada) / Peter
Polansky (Canada) 4-6 6-2 10-7
 Dean O’Brien (South Africa) / Donald Young (USA) d. [WC] Morgan Phillips (Great Britain) / James Ward (Great Britain) 4-6 6-1 16-14
Doubles First Round
 Dennis Novikov (USA) / Julio Peralta (Chile) d. Facundo Arguello (Argentina) / Tomas Lipovsek Puches (Argentina) walkover