Donaldson Survives Three Set-Thriller in Savannah, Medvedev Defaulted

Jared Donaldson

SAVANNAH, April 21, 2016

No. 8 seed Jared Donaldson advanced to the quarterfinals of the $50,000 St. Joseph’s/Candler Savannah Challenger after a 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(1) win over Guido Andreozzi on Wednesday.

In the first set Andreozzi took an early lead after breaking Donaldson and winning an astonishing 93% of his first service points. Donaldson was only able to win a quarter of his return points, with Andreozzi taking the first set 6-1.

In the second set, Donaldson started to find his game and improved upon service games. Andreozzi faced eleven break points and saved eight of them. Donaldson however narrowly took the second set 7-5.

In the final and decisive set, Andreozzi continued to go for big serves with both players saving a majority of break points faced. A tie break would decide the match, with Donaldson running away with it and taking the final set 7-6(1).

Donaldson is currently ranked No. 147 in the world and recently reached the semi-finals of the 2016 BMW of Dallas Irving Tennis Classic. In 2015 Donaldson reached a career high ranking of No. 133 after reaching the quarterfinals or better in singles at eight ATP Challenger Tour events. Donaldson also won both the singles and doubles competitions at The Royal Lahaina Challenger in Maui.

Donaldson now faces Gerald Melzer in the quarterfinals, who defeated Tennys Sandgren, 6-0, 6-4, later in the day. Also advancing were Nicolas Kicker and Donald Young.

Young won his match, as Daniil Medvedev was defaulted when the US-American was leading 4-1. Medvedev had a call against him and he accused the chair umpire for siding with Young. The chair umpire called the ATP Challenger supervisor Keith L. Crossland and has Medvedev defaulted for unsportsmanlike conduct.

On the doubles side, 2015 finalists and No.1 seeds Dennis Novikov and Julio Peralta advanced to the quarterfinals after a 7-5, 6-1 win over Nikoloz Basilashvili and Luis David Martinez. Novikov and Peralta reached the semi-finals of the White Sands Group/Joey Gratton Sarasota Open last week and also won the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger title in 2015.

Wednesday, April 20 – RESULTS

Singles – Second round

Jared Donaldson (8), United States, d. Guido Andreozzi, Argentina, 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(1),

Nicolas Kicker, Argentina, d. Facundo Arguello (7), Argentina, 6-4, 6-3,

Gerald Melzer (4), Austria, d. WC-Tennys Sandgren, United States, 6-0, 6-4,

Donald Young (2), United States, d. Daniil Medvedev, Russia, 4-1, Defaulted.

Doubles – First round

WC-Brian Baker and Ryan Harrison, United States, d. Q-Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera and Jorge Montero, Chile, 6-4, 7-5,

Dennis Novikov, United States, and Julio Peralta (1), Chile, d. Nikoloz Basilashvili, Georgia, and Luis David Martinez, Venezuela, 7-5, 6-1,

LL-Jose Hernandez-Fernandez, Dominican Republic, and Nicolas Jarry, Chile, d. WC-Robert Loeb and Sean Sculley, United States, 6-2, 6-0,

Quentin Halys and Calvin Hemery, France, d. Facundo Arguello and Tomas Lipovsek Puches, Argen-tina, 6-3, 7-6(1),

Purav Raja and Divij Sharan (3), India, d. Guido Andreozzi and Nicolas Kicker, Argentina, 6-4, 6-1.