WASHINGTON — Jenson Brooksby discovered himself in hardly an excellent spot within the first set of the primary spherical of the Citi Open towards big-serving Kevin Anderson: trailing the two-time Grand Slam runner-up in a tiebreaker.
Brooksby, a 20-year-old American who misplaced to Anderson within the remaining of one other ATP match two weeks in the past, turned issues round, grabbed the final six factors of that set Monday and went on to beat Anderson 7-6 (4), 6-3 within the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open.
“Taking part in him just lately positively helped me this time, as a result of my coach gave me some higher methods this time, in comparison with the primary time, like on the return on different issues, and it labored fairly effectively,” mentioned Brooksby, who completed 2020 ranked exterior the highest 300 however is now A hundred and thirtieth.
“I used to be simply pissed off with myself. I made a number of dangerous selections in a row within the factors,” Brooksby mentioned about falling behind 4-1 within the tiebreaker.
“I knew I may pull off a comeback within the ‘breaker after which I simply form of saved it going within the second,” he mentioned, “so I used to be pleased with that.”
At evening, 2014 U.S. Open finalist and 2015 Washington champion Kei Nishikori superior with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Sam Querrey.
Nishikori, coming off a quarterfinal run for Japan on the Tokyo Olympics, broke Querrey thrice whereas going 5 for five on the break factors he confronted.
Brooksby had confronted a set level Monday whereas serving down 6-5, however Anderson put a backhand into the web.
Then Anderson’s 113 mph ace — considered one of his 11 aces on the 80-degree afternoon — offered him with that substantial edge within the tiebreaker. However the 35-year-old South African, the Washington runner-up in 2017, would not take one other level in that set.
Brooksby used drop photographs to gather a few factors and was helped by some misses by Anderson, together with an unforced error on a backhand that closed a 14-stroke trade to finish the set.
On July 18, Anderson topped Brooksby in straight units to win a grass-court title at Newport, Rhode Island.
Anderson has been ranked as excessive as No. 5 and was a finalist on the U.S. Open in 2017, shedding to Rafael Nadal, and at Wimbledon in 2018, shedding to Novak Djokovic. Anderson is at present seventy fifth.
Brooksby saved each break factors he confronted and earned the match’s solely break within the next-to-last recreation.
He’ll face Sixteenth-seeded Frances Tiafoe, a Maryland native, below the lights of the Citi Open’s principal stadium on Tuesday evening.
One other Californian, Marcos Giron, saved coming again — he dropped the primary set, then was down in every of the following two — till he put collectively a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) victory over qualifier Illya Marchenko.
“I simply needed to take a deep breath in, take into consideration what I needed to do and alter my technique a bit of bit. As soon as I used to be capable of get my ft into the match, I believed I used to be capable of regulate fairly effectively there within the second and once more within the third,” mentioned Giron, who faces No. 7 seed Cameron Norrie subsequent. “Once I was down within the third, I knew I had come again within the earlier set and I may do it once more.”
In different Day 1 outcomes, Andreas Seppi superior to a matchup towards No. 2 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime by beating Yusatka Uchiyama 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, Daniel Elahi Galan eradicated Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-3 and Ricardas Berankis defeated qualifier Mitchell Krueger 7-6 (4), 6-2.