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Day 2 of the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas
CALABASAS, Calif., (March 13, 2013) – Seven of the top eight seeds and both finalists from last year are beaten in the first round, a local wild card upsets last year’s NCAA doubles champion and a former world No. 9 and two-time Olympic gold medalist falls in his return to professional tennis.
You just gotta love USTA Pro Circuit Futures tennis. It all happened on Day 2 of the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas, a $15,000 USTA Pro Circuit event, being played at the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center.
A day after winning just two games in a loss as the top-seeded doubles team with former ATP pro Carsten Ball on Tuesday, defending singles champion Tennys Sandgren fell to former UCLA star and qualifier Haythem Abid of Tunisia, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Sandgren said after the match he’s still recovering from a bout with Meningitis which kept him sidelined for more than two weeks and even hospitalized for a few days recently. “I just haven’t been feeling well at all,” the top-seeded Sandgren said. “I’m just trying to get back. The first set I thought I played well but I ran into a player who’s playing some great tennis. In doubles my body felt fine, it was just a situation of never having played with Carsten and playing a team that didn’t miss a ball.”
Also falling on Wednesday was No. 4-seeded and last year’s singles runner-up Daniel Kosakowski, who fell to fellow Southern Californian, former Michigan star and qualifier Jason Jung, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Current UCLA star and wild-card Marcos Giron kept the theme of seeds falling when he beat Ohio State’s top player and 2012 NCAA doubles champion (with Chase Buchanan) Blaz Rola from Slovenia, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
“It was really hot out there and that really helped my serve, it was just popping out there,” Giron said. “I had never played him but I knew he was a good player. I just came out really focused.”
Giron plays qualifier Min Hyeok Cho of Korea in the first match on Stadium Court on Thursday for a spot in the quarterfinals. “I was watching him play and it was just a baseline battle,” Giron said. “So I’ll be ready for that.”
The only seeded player to survive the first round was former NCAA singles champion Bradley Klahn, the No. 2 seed, who beat Daniel Cox of Great Britain, 6-3, 6-4.
In a match that lasted more than three hours, former world No. 9-ranked Nicolas Massu of Chile fell to Matheson Klein of Australia in the late match, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. The 33-year-old fell down early in the final set and staved off numerous match point to battle back on serve, but couldn’t pull out the win.
In 2004, Massu became the only male player to win both the singles and doubles gold medals during the same Olympic Games. Massu also reached the final of the 2003 Madrid Masters and won six ATP singles titles.
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Wednesday’s Singles Results
q: qualifier; wc: wild card
Juan Carlos Saez (CHI) def. Saketh Myneni (IND), 6-2, 6-4
Caio Zampieri (BRA) def. Marek Michalicka (CZE), 7-6 (4), 6-0