Day Five – Sandgren Inches Into Quarterfinals
Lahaina, Hawaii, January 26, 2017– It was a slugfest this morning between fellow Americans Tennys Sandgren and Bradley Klahn. Klahn, a former top 60 player, seemed to have his way in the first set against Sandgren and took the set 6-3. Sandgren knew that he had to adjust his style in the second set noting his decision to serve and volley more which won him the second set 6-3.
“He (Klahn) was neutralizing my serve with a good slice,” Sandgren started. “I needed to be more aggressive to somehow take that away from him. My first and second server were solid for me so I didn’t have to hit too many volleys.”
Sandgren hit 10 aces in the match. His serves held him up all the way until he was broken to go down 3-5 in the third. Sandgren fought back to break Klahn to get back on serve. The two held serve to get to a third-set tiebreaker.
“The tiebreaker was absolute nails,” Sandgren exhaled. “Thankfully I came up with some big serves when I need to when I was down some match points.”
Sandgren fought off three of Klahn’s match points and sealed the deal 3-6,6-3,7-6(9).
Mitchell Kreuger (USA) also had a solid win today over Japan’s Go Soeda 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Kreuger is currently ranked 205 and Soeda holds a ranking of 139.
Michael Mmoh (USA) continues to power through the draw with a win over up and comer, Tommy Paul (USA) 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.
Second seed, Hyeon Chung (KOR), put on a clinic today with American Mackenzie McDonald winning in under an hour, 6-2, 6-0.
Singles quarterfinals matches start at 10:00am tomorrow morning.
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