Thompson To Face Rubin In Quarterfinals At Stockton Challenger

Noah Rubin

STOCKTON, October 5, 2018

On day four of the main draw, two seeds advanced and secured spots in the quarter- and semi-finals at the $100,000 Stockton Pro Open. Top seed Jordan Thompson and the tournament’s No. 6 Noah Rubin made it into the stage of the final eight in singles, while Rubin advanced to the semi-finals in doubles.

On Court Center North, Rubin battled through three sets to be the first player to advance and secure a spot in the quarterfinals. Rubin took set one with ease against William Blumberg, 6-1, but Blumberg fought his way back in set two with a 6-4 victory over Rubin. In the deciding third set, Rubin dug deep to take a 6-4 win and advance. In the second turn, Christopher Eubanks managed to upset No. 5 seed Casper Ruud in a 6-1, 7-6 (8) decision.

Maxime Janvier was the second competitior to claim a spot in the quarterfinals, defeating Alexander Sarkissian in two straight sets 7-6 (1), 6-0. Barbados native Darian King, kept his hopes alive, as he upset Alex Bolt (7) in two straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

Jordan Thompson was the final singles player to secure a spot in the quarterfinals, as he battled through three sets over Japanese Kaichi Uchida. Thompson slipped in set one 4-6, before battling back in sets two and three to take the victory 6-3, 6-1.

In doubles, top-seeded duo Christopher Rungkat and Sanchai Ratiwatana secured the first semi-final spot with ease in a 6-4, 6-2 victory over John Paul Fruttero and Patrick Kypson. On the second turn, Toshihide Matsui and partner Frederik Nielsen defeated Pacific’s Akram El Sallaly and teammate Andre Goransson in two straight 6-3, 6-4, to claim the second semi-final spot.

After playing singles matches, Noah Rubin and Darian King teamed up for their first doubles match and battled through a two-set tiebreak to defeat Hans Hach Verdugo and Andreas Siljestrom 3-6, 6-4, 10-6. With not much of a break, King and Ruben played a second match, fighting through tiredness, to defeat Sem Verbeek and partner Marc Polmans 6-1, 4-6, 10-8, to advance and take the third semi-final position.

The final duo of the day Hunter Reese and Alex Lawson were the first of three doubles matches to advance to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over JC Aragone and Lloyd Harris, while Harri Heliovaara and Henri Laaksonen secured a quarterfinal spot, upsetting the two-seed Ruan Roelofse and John-Patrick Smith in two straight sets 6-4, 6-3.

With having to play back-to-back matches, Heliovaara and Laaksonen prevailed over Lawson and Reese to earn the final semi-final berth in a two-set tiebreak match 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 10-8.