CARY, September 12, 2017
All three seeded players in Monday’s action advanced to the second round of the $50,000 Atlantic Tire Championships held at Cary Tennis Park.
In just their second meeting, Tennys Sandgren secured another win against Ante Pavic of Croatia. The former University of Tennessee standout won almost 90% of his first serve points and didn’t face any break points during the opening match on Stadium Court to celebrate a 6-4, 6-4 victory in one hour and 16 minutes.
Sandgren will next take on Cameron Norrie. The 22-year-old Briton defaeted Sekou Bangoura from the United States 6-2, 6-3 in exactly one hour of play.
US-American Noah Rubin edged past Pedro Sakamoto from Brazil in the second longest singles match of the day, finishing in just over 70 minutes. The former ACC Player Of The Year from nearby Wake Forest University won over 80% of the points on Sakamoto’s second serves. In addition to Sandgren and Rubin, the other singles seed that played on the opening day of main draw matches, No. 9 Christian Garin, also advanced to the second round. The #NextGenATP player from Chile beat Raymond Sarmiento from the United States 6-2, 6-3.
The tournament’s first rounds of doubles matches begin, with the team of Mikelis Libietis and Dennis Novikov defeating the No. 4 team of Hans Hach Vedugo and Brydan Klein. The Libietis/Novikov team capitalized when facing all of their opponent’s second serves during the third set tiebreak, winning 100% of those points.
Tuesday is a full day of matches with the evening’s featured singles match featuring 2016 finalist, Ernesto Escobedo. Escobedo will be facing local player Patrick Kypson. Kypson recently won the Boys 18s National Championship, earning a direct entry into the main draw of the 2017 US Open.
Monday September 11 – RESULTS
Singles– First Round
Tennys Sandgren (2), United States, def. Ante Pavic, Croatia, 6-4, 6-4
Noah Rubin (6), United States, def. Pedro Sakamoto, Brazil, 6-3, 6-3
Christian Garin (9), Chile, def. Raymond Sarmiento, United States, 6-2, 6-3
Cameron Norrie, Great Britain, def. Sekou Bangoura, United States, 6-2, 6-3
Luis Patino, Mexico, and Raymond Sarmiento, United States, def. Damon Gooch, South Africa, and Wil Spencer, United States, 5-7, 6-4, 10-5
Mikelis Libietis, Latvia, and Dennis Novikov, United States, def. Hans Hach Verdugo, Mexico, and Brydan Klein (4), Great Britain, 4-6, 6-4, 10-4