Kudla Continues Good Run Of Form At Orlando Open

STARNBERG, November 19, 2020

The Orlando Open Presented by Nemours, a USTA Pro Circuit ATP Challenger 80 hard-court event, continued Wednesday at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida.

Four players from the bottom half of the draw punched their ticket into the quarterfinals, including No. 2 seed Denis Kudla, who knocked off fellow US-American Patrick Kypson 6-4, 6-4. The champion of last week’s Atlantic Tire Championships in Cary capitalized on three of his six break-point chances to advance in one hour and 35 minutes. Up next for Kudla will be compatriot Christopher Eubanks, who eased past Hiroki Moriya of Japan 6-2, 6-1 in 61 minutes.

Seventeen-year-old US-American qualifier Zachary Svajda forced Kazakhstan’s Dmitry Popko, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, to a decisive third set, but Popko prevailed 7-5, 1-6, 7-5 after three hours and four minutes. The 24-year-old Nur-Sultan resident will next play No. 4 seed Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India, who benefited from the retirement of Tung-Lin Wu of Chinese Taipei.

The doubles draw concluded opening round action on Wednesday with five duos advancing to the quarterfinals. Play continues Thursday with the conclusion of the singles second round and doubles action.

Wednesday, November 18 – Results

Singles Main Draw – Second Round

(2) Denis Kudla (USA) def. (WC) Patrick Kypson (USA) 6-4, 6-4

(4) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) def. Tung-Lin Wu (TPE) 5-7, 7-5, 2-0 ret.

(6) Dmitry Popko (KAZ) def. (Q) Zachary Svajda (USA) 7-5, 1-6, 7-5

Christopher Eubanks (USA)def. Hiroki Moriya (JPN) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles Main Draw – First Round

(1) Hans Hach Verdugo (MEX) / Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) def. Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) / Patrick Kypson (USA) 5-7, 7-6(6), [10-6]

(2) Andrey Golubev (KAZ) / Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) def. Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) / Dennis Novikov (USA) 6-7(4), 6-2, [10-5]

Mitchell Krueger (USA) / Jackson Withrow (USA) def. (3) Robert Galloway (USA) / Nathaniel Lammons (USA) 6-7(1), 6-2, [10-6]

Sadio Doumbia (FRA) / Fabien Reboul (FRA)def. (4) Hunter Reese (USA) / Sem Verbeek (NED) 6-4, 4-6, [10-7]