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Main Draw Matches Underway At BB&T Atlanta Open

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Matches in the main draw of the BB&T started Monday night. American Ryan Harrison was able to advance regardless of losing his cool and dropping the second set. He finished with a win over Australia’s Marinko Matosevic. Rhyne Williams took out fellow American Denis Kudla. Both received a WC into the main draw.

Tuesday afternoon kicked off with qualifier Kevin King, former Tech player, against rank 69 Yen-Hsun Lu from Taipei. After dropping the first set 6-3, King played tougher in the second set and although getting broken after several deuces, he stayed mentally tough and broke right back for 3 all. He struggled to hold for 4-3. Then each player held with easy love games to reach 5-5. Lu earned another break and served for the match. When asked what were the keys to winning the match Lu replied, “I just tried to stay focused and not over play… he is a dangerous guy and I had to read his serve and get used to his lefty slice.”

Veteran Lleyton Hewitt defeated France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin in straight sets. At the press conference, Hewitt spoke about making the transition to the hard courts from grass and despite a low serving percentage, serving well on the big points to capture the win.

Jack Sock fell to Columbia’s Santiago Giraldo in a well fought match 7-5, 6-4.  Number 1 doubles seeds and 2013 Wimbledon doubles finalist Dodig and Melo dismissed the American brother pair Ryan and Christian Harrison 6-3, 6-1.

The rain staved off the completion of the Mardy Fish and Micheal Russell match twice with Fish up a set and down a break 2-4 in the second, and the other all American double header between James Blake and Tim Smyczek who sat down Donald Young in the 3rd round of the qualies.

 

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JULY 24, 2013

STADIUM start 4:00 pm

[WC] R Williams (USA) vs [7] L Hewitt (AUS)

J Blake (USA) vs [Q] T Smyczek (USA) 00

 

Not Before 7:00 PM

[6] M Fish (USA) vs M Russell (USA) 64 24

J Blake (USA) / J Sock (USA) vs M Demoliner (BRA) / A Sa (BRA)

 

AJC GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm

A Falla (COL) vs [WC] C Harrison (USA)

 

Not Before 5:00 PM

[3] I Dodig (CRO) vs R Berankis (LTU)

C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) vs [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – After Suitable Rest

 

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm

[Q] M Ebden (AUS) vs I Karlovic (CRO)

R Ram (USA) / K Skupski (GBR) vs D Inglot (GBR) / F Moser (GER)

 

 

Tina Taylor-Brown

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