College Night Fun, Bryde Falls Short
ATLANTA, July 27, 2021 – A full slate of action and College Night at the Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv, in Midtown, Atlanta. Trent Bryde of the University of Georgia is this year's College Night player.
But first... 2019 Truist Atlanta Open Finalist, Taylor Fritz started his 2021 Atlanta campaign against Russian Evgeny Donskoy Tuesday afternoon. The opening round match was held at the stadium court in Atlantic Station. Fritz opened the match with an easy service hold for a 1-0 lead. Donskoy also followed with a hold that seemed to actually benefit the young American. Although he didn’t win the game, Fritz connected with a few forehands and found a groove early in the match. He shortened points with huge serves and easy forehand winners for a 2-1 lead. He then earned the first break point of the match at 30-40 on the Donskoy serve, which he quickly converted for the early break. He consolidated the break with a quick hold and a 4-1 lead. Both players won their service games routinely to close out the set, Fritz winning a quick one, 6-3.
The second set was all about the serve. Both players held serve for the first eight games of the set. Fritz began used a slower second serve with lots of kick that really bothered Donskoy’s rhythm. While they were only around 72 miles per hour, the returns were left short in the middle of the court allowing Fritz to attack immediately. This, paired with 110 plus mph serves, worked like a baseball pitcher’s changeup throughout the second set. Donskoy caught bad luck serving at 4-4. First, Taylor Fritz miss hit a block return that turned into a dropshot winner. This brought the score to 0-30, and a great break opportunity for the American. He then strangely sliced another forehand return that Donskoy misjudged and pulled his forehand wide to set up triple break point. Fritz would only need one of these and converted the break. Serving at 5-4 for the match, Fritz faced his first break point of the match as the Russian qualifier smoked multiple returns for winners. However, Fritz erased this opportunity and won the next three points to clinch the second set, and the match. Final score 6-3, 6-4 with Taylor Fritz moving on to the second round. He will next face Steve Johnson in an All-American matchup.
Benoit Paire from France is facing Yasutaka Uchiyama from Japan in today’s round of 32 match. In the first set both players were serving big in the Atlanta heat. Each player held serve quickly with only one deuce game in the first set. At 5-5 Paire started to attack the backhand of Uchiyama to lead to a break of serve. Paire then concluded the first set with another solid service game.
The second set had the same tone as both players held serve with only three deuce games. As a result of these quick service games a tiebreak was forced. Early In the tiebreak Uchiyama was gifted a double fault to start with a lead. He then stayed consistent with his game to solidify the second set.
Early in the third set Paire stuck to his game plan to attack the backhand to start with a break of serve. Paire then started to rush resulting in multiple double faults to give Uchiyama a chance. At 5-4 Paire changed his strategy and started to take the net to shorten the points of the game to take the win 7-5 6-7 6-4.
Georgia Bulldog, Trent Bryde headlined College Night at The 2021 Truist Atlanta Open presented by Fiserv. The Atlanta-local had a memorable atmosphere on stadium court as the dawg faithful supported Bryde. However, the first set was dominated by his opponent, Brandon Nakashima. Despite being the professional player, he was actually the younger of the two players at 19-years-old and Bryde at 21. Nakashima has seen recent success on The ATP Tour with a finals appearance last week at Los Cabos. He won the opening five games of Tuesday’s match and really pushed around Bryde. The bulldog held his final service game of the first set for 5-1 and seemed to find some rhythm in the match. Nakashima eventually held for the opening set at 6-1.
Bryde found his groove and rode the energy of the crowd in the second. He showed a lot of positive energy in his first service game and held for 1-0. The set stayed on serve till 2-2 where Nakashima converted a break point for a 3-2 lead. They traded holds till 4-3 where Bryde won the first two points for a quick 0-30 lead on the Nakashima serve. The crowd sensed an opening for the 21-year-old and urged a break. Bryde converted his first break point of the match and got back on serve at 4-4. Bryde eventually earned a set point on the Nakashima serve but it was erased by three straight points from the server for a 6-6 tie. This set would be determined by a 7-point tiebreaker. The tiebreak was not lost by Nakashima, but instead won by Bryde who simply played better. With strong crowd support, he won the tiebreaker 7-5 and took the second set 7-6.
The final set started with 7 consecutive easy holds. Bryde has a massive kick serve that made Nakishama’s backhand inconsistent. Serving at 3-4, Bryde faced the toughest challenge of the match. Nakishima gave himself two break point opportunities and would not allow Bryde to hold. After 5 deuce points, Bryde finally held and levelled the score at 4 games apiece. He gave a huge fist pump and seemed to gain some serious momentum. Nakishima then easily held however, forcing Bryde to serve for the match at 4-5. At 30 all, Nakishima rushed to the net and gave Bryde a decent chance for a passing shot. He hit it long and gave his opponent a match/break point. The collegiate athlete once again used a massive kick serve and followed it into the net for a serve and volley attempt. This was aggressive play on match point, but it gave him an easy forehand volley on top of the net. Unfortunately for the bulldog faithful, Bryde pushed this shot deep and handed the third set, and the match, to Brandon Nakishima. While it was a crushing way to end his main draw debut, Bryde will have a lot of positive momentum to build off of for his senior season in Athens. Thomas Nakashima moves on to the second round to face top seeded Milos Raonic. Final score 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-4.
RESULTS - JULY 27, 2021
 T. Fritz (USA) d [Q] E. Donskoy (RUS) 63 64
 J. Isner (USA) d [PR] J. Wolf (USA) 64 67(3) 64
 B. Paire (FRA) d Y. Uchiyama (JPN) 75 67(2) 64
[SE] B. Nakashima (USA) d [WC] T. Bryde (USA) 61 67(5) 64
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d K. Anderson (RSA) 76(4) 63
E. Ruusuvuori (FIN) d M. McDonald (USA) 76(3) 75
[WC] J. Sock (USA) d R. Berankis (LTU) 67(4) 64 75
[Q] C. O'Connell (AUS) d D. Kudla (USA) 46 63 63
S. Johnson (USA) / J. Thompson (AUS) d N. Lammons (USA) / J. Withrow (USA) 64 75
ORDER OF PLAY - WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2021
STADIUM COURT start 11:00 am
 L. Bambridge (GBR) / K. Skupski (GBR) vs L. Glasspool (GBR) / N. Monroe (USA)
Not Before 1:30 pm
 T. Fritz (USA) vs S. Johnson (USA)
[Q] P. Gojowczyk (GER) vs J. Thompson (AUS)
Not Before 7:00 pm
 [WC] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [SE] B. Nakashima (USA)
Not Before 8:00 pm
[Q] B. Fratangelo (USA) vs  R. Opelka (USA)
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
A. Goransson (SWE) / F. Nielsen (DEN) vs A. Popyrin (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS)
T. Huey (PHI) / B. Paire (FRA) vs H. Heliovaara (FIN) / E. Ruusuvuori (FIN)
Not Before 4:00 pm
After stuitable rest - T. Fritz (USA) / C. Norrie (GBR) vs  M. Ebden (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS)
Limited tickets remain available for days of tennis action which will run at Atlantic Station, July 24 – August 1, 2021.
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