Aurélien CANOT, Media365, Posted on Fri Jul 30, 2021 at 09:04 AM
The stifling heat surprised him, and Benoit-Pierre had to withdraw in the third set (4-6, 6-4, 3-0) of the round of 16 against Finn Emil Rossovoori on Thursday. To get him back on the court, a month after he was disqualified from entering Wimbledon, Yannick Sener fell off the top, against Christopher O’Connell. John Isner and Cameron Norrie are also crossed, not Nick Kyrgios.
The stifling heat of Atlanta overtook Benoit Baer. Amazed at the scorching atmosphere that prevailed again this Thursday in Georgia, The Avignon player ended up throwing the towel in the third set of his Round of 16 against Emile Rossovoori while the Finn was leading 3 games to nothing. (4-6, 6-4, 3-0, 2 x 02 out of play). Already at the end of the second round, Paire, on the verge of collapsing, had taken long minutes to lie on his seat, the time to find some air. More precisely, trying to find air, because it suffocated due to the surrounding moisture, and it never succeeded. Unable to score more than three points over the next three matches despite the break, Paire had no choice but to surrender. So he will not play the quarter-finals for the third time in a row after the Hamburg and Gstaad matches over the past two weeks. The 49ers in the world might regret the two break points they earned at 3-3 in the second set without being able to take advantage of the opportunity while driving the Tour to zero. Because, then, if he was able to knock out the first three balls in favor of his opponent to capture a group all over, he would have surrendered to the fourth and found himself engrossed in this last round which he thus did not complete. So there was no third straight quarter for Bayer, who started the meeting better than Rossovory. But it is the latter who would be opposed by Cameron Norrie for a place in the quarter-finals. The No. 3 Briton made a short run for Nick Kyrgios, winning 6-1, 6-4 in 56 minutes. The Australian didn’t seem too concerned about this encounter, breaking 1-0, 3-0 in the first set, and 4-4 in the second, despite 8 aces.
Wrong will return!
It’s not a good idea to be a candidate in this Atlanta tournament. A few hours after Canadian 1st seed Milos Raonic was surprised by American Brandon Nakashima, who is 115th in the standings, Yannick Sener, the second seed, suffered the same fate on Thursday (7-6, 6-4) against unknown Australian Christopher O’Connell. As for his comeback a month after being eliminated in the first round of Wimbledon, the Italian youngster, excluded from the first round, was necessarily dreaming of another scenario for his first match since the London crash. Unfortunately for the 23rd world, he lost again from his first appearance in the tournament. All this against 132 globally.
The sinner didn’t get a single break point!
Sinner could not have avoided this disappointment if he had managed to score one of the three first set balls he earned in the deciding first set match against the Australian who was forced to win two qualifying matches to reach the big table. Finally, O’Connell, who remained in elimination in Hamburg from the playoffs, won the tiebreak (9-7). Better: The 27-year-old went on to break Sinner straight away in the second round. Breaking that the Australian is strong in the face of his showdown (9 aces, no break or break point against him), then protects it to the end To finally carry the greatest achievement of his career with a third match point, simultaneously qualifying for his first quarter-final on the track. Wrong will return. In the quarter-finals, O’Connell will face tough American championship expert John Isner. The 36-year-old Giant defeated compatriot Jack Sock 7-6, 6-4 in 1:38. For once, he wasn’t the one to send the most aces (13 vs 15) and even had to save a set point at 6-5 in the first set tiebreak. But he tied for three consecutive points, put in the pockets of the group, then the second with a 4-4 break.
Atlanta (US, ATP 250, fixed, €542,828)
Title holders (2019): Alex de Minaur (Australia).
Nakashima (USA) – Thompson (Australia)
Nori (GBR, No. 3) – Rose Mountain (FIN)
Fritz (USA, No. 5) – Opelka (USA, No. 4)
Isner (USA, No. 6) – O’Connell (AUS, Q)
round of 16
Nakashima (USA) Pat Raonic (CAN, WC, No. 1): 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Thomson (Australia) Pat Gojowczyk (all, x): 7-6(6), 6-4
Nouri (UK, No. 3) Pat Kyrgios (Australia): 6-4, 6-4
Rose Mountain (Vine) Pair beats (FRA, No. 7): 4-6, 6-4, 3-0, give up
Fritz (USA, No. 5) Pat Johnson (USA): 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1
Opelka (USA, No. 4) But Fratangelo (ESP Q), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4)
Isner (USA, No. 6) Pat Sock (USA, WC): 7-6 (4), 6-4
O’Connell (AUS, Q) Sinful Bat (ITA, No. 2): 7-6(7), 6-4
Raonic (CAN, WC, No. 1) – Good-bye
Nakashima (USA) Pat Pride (USA, WC): 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-4
Gojowczyk (ALL, Q) Pat Querrey (USA): 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5)
Thomson (Australia) Pat Harris (AFS, No. 8): 7-6(2), 1-6, 6-2
Nouri (UK, No. 3) – Good-bye
Kyrgios (Australia) Pat Anderson (AFS): 7-6 (4), 6-3
Rose Mountain (Vine) Pat McDonald (USA): 7-6 (3), 7-5
Pair (FRA, No. 7) Pat Uchiyama (Japan): 7-5, 6-7 (2), 6-4
Fritz (USA, No. 5) Pat Donskoy (Russia, Q): 6-3, 6-4
Johnson (USA) Pat Popperin (Australia): 7-6 (4), 6-3)
Fratangelo (ESP Q) Pat Seppi (Italy): 7-5, 7-6 (5)
Opelka (USA, No. 4) – Good-bye
Isner (USA, No. 6) Pat Wolf (USA): 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4
sock (USA, toilet) – Handless (LIT): 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5
O’Connell (AUS, Q) Pat Food (USA): 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Erroneous (ITA, No. 2) – Good-bye
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