CALABASAS, Calif., — Mackenzie McDonald’s performance at this week’s USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas has been flawless for the most part, however the young American sputtered just briefly in his quarterfinal match on Friday afternoon.
McDonald, the No. 1 seed at the $25,000 Futures event, nonetheless had little trouble dispatching unseeded Daniel Nolan of Australia 6-2, 6-4 despite losing his serve in consecutive games. All in all it was another solid performance from the 21-year-old Californian, who has dropped just 11 games in his three matches.
Nolan felt pressured by McDonald from the opening game as the former UCLA standout took charge and eventually broke his 20-year-old opponent the first three times he served en route to grabbing a 5-0 lead. McDonald dropped serve trying to close out a 6-0 first set and in his first service game of the second set, but righted the ship and secured the victory in one hour and 12 minutes.
McDonald moves on to face No. 4 seed Sebastian Fanselow, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over No. 8 seed Jared Hiltzik, in Saturday’s semifinals. Fanselow, a former standout at Pepperdine, has also won his first three matches in straight sets.
Fanselow, a 25-year-old from Germany, raced to a 3-0 in the first set to take control and eventually got the key break he needed in the fifth game of the second set.
One of Friday’s closest matches involved wild-card entrant Bradley Klahn against a qualifier, Karue Sell of Jaragua du Sul, Brazil. Klahn, a former Stanford standout, prevailed 7-6 (2), 6-4.
Klahn and Sell put on a serving clinic in the first set, a set which saw both players never face a break point. Klahn proved the better player in the tiebreaker as the 27-year-old Californian took a 3-0 lead and finally win it 7-2.
Sell, who upset No. 2 seed Calvin Hemery of France on Wednesday, generated only one break-point opportunity in the match but failed to convert. Klahn only had two break-point chances, but cashed in on the first one he generated in the third game of the second set to create the lead he needed and secure his spot in the semifinals.
Klahn’s opponent in his Saturday semifinal will be No. 6 seed Marcos Giron, who defeated No. 3 seed Tommy Paul of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-4, 6-4. Giron, from nearby Thousand Oaks and the 2014 winner of this event, served 77 percent on his first serves and converted three of his 11 break-point chances.
There were also four quarterfinal doubles matches on Friday, highlighted by Americans Gonzalez Austin and Nathaniel Lammons knocking out No. 1 seeds Sergey Betov of Belarus and Luis David Martinez of Venezuela 6-4, 7-5.
The No. 2 seeds, Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain and Alex Lawson of the United States, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over Americans Brandon Anandan and Clay Thompson.
Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Scores
wc: wild card
Bradley Klahn, USA (wc) def. Karue Sell, BRA, 7-6 (2), 6-4.
Mackenzie McDonald (1), USA def. Daniel Nolan, AUS, 6-2, 6-4.
Sebastian Fanselow (4), GER def. Jared Hiltzik (8), USA, 6-3, 6-4.
Marcos Giron (6), USA def. Tommy Paul (3), USA, 6-4, 6-4.
Friday’s Quarterfinal Doubles Scores
Bradley Klahn, USA / Connor Smith, USA def. Henry Craig, USA / Miles Seemann, USA, 6-4, 6-1.
Farris Fathi Gosea, GBR / Alex Lawson (2), USA def. Brandon Anadan, USA / Clay Thompson, USA, 6-1, 7-6 (4).
Gonzalez Austin, USA / Nathaniel Lammons, USA. def. Sergey Betov, BLR / Luis David Martinez (1), VEN, 6-4, 7-5 Marcos Giron, USA / Julian Lenz, GER def. Benjamin Hannestad, DEN / Hunter Reese, USA, 6-4, 7-5.
Saturday’s events include the semifinals along with a USTA Junior Team Tennis Kid’s Tennis Carnival from 10:30 a.m. to noon.