Americans in Quarterfinals; Isner over Shelton in a Thriller


July 28, 2022 – Ready for quarterfinals on Friday in Atlanta at the 2022 Atlanta Open. This year's ATP 250 event runs from July 23-31, as the U.S. Open Series kicks off on the North American hardcourts at Atlantic Station.


Recap of today's matches as winners head to the quarterfinals. 


Jenson Brooksby defeats Mackenzie McDonald 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlanta Open. 

Jenson Brooksby and Mackenzie McDonald swapped breaks to get things started. Then on serve, it was smooth sailing until the eighth game. With McDonald serving, Brooksby brought the heat on return. Brooksby’s backhand was on fire. He drove one across the net to pass and McDonald was unable to return it. He was then able to serve it out and win the first set 6-3.


The second set was full of long and intense rallies. McDonald looked solid from the baseline and Brooksby was covering every inch of the court. After a drama filled and stress inducing fourth game, Brooksby was able to break McDonald with relative ease. One break would be all that was needed for Brooksby to win the set 6-4. In the battle of the North Californians, Brooksby reigned victorious,


Let's hear it for hometown hero, college wildcard Andres Martin from Georgia Tech. He was up against lucky loser Andrian Mannarino from France. The beginning of the match would see the young American come out firing and break serve to go up 2-0. And it continued, building a 4-1 lead. It was then that Mannarino would begin to find his rhythm and break Martin to get back on serve at 4-3. The rest of the set would see many long rallies with neither competitor willing to back down from securing a spot in the quarterfinals. However, it would be the Frenchman who would gain the upper hand, and break serve at 5 all. The first set would belong to Mannarino by a score of 7-5, thanks to experience. 


The crowd would try to rally the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket back into the match, but Mannarino was relentless in controlling play and making few mistakes while doing so. Confidence would show as the former No. 22 would break the young collegiate player at 3-3 and at 5-3 to win a fun match 7-5 6-3. 

Isner won his first 18 points on serve and still almost didn't win the first set. The talented Shelton realized he go go head-to-head with the six-time champ. Trading groundstrokes and no service breaks to reach a tiebreaker. But it was Isner's experience that paid dividends in the breaker. Holding tough on return of serve and being patient allowed Isner to pull through.


Shelton bounced back with a break in the first game of the second set. Isner had a slight opening in the fourth and sixth games of the set, but couldn't muster a break. Shelton took second set, 6-4. 


Again, no service breaks as the third sets started. That continued to another tiebreaker. Isner didn't waver in the tiebreaker and a double fault and unforced error by Shelton proved to be the difference. Isner in three!


Kubler and Peers win an “All Aussie Showdown.”


This quarterfinals doubles match contained two duos from Australia. Jason Kubler and John Peers defeated Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell. Ebden and Purcell opened the match with an excellent first set. The opening part of the set were close, and the pairs stayed even early, but Ebden and Purcell were able to create some separation late and win the set with one break, 6-4. The second set seemed as if whoever served, won the game. The duos traded serve holds, leading to an eventual tiebreaker in which Kubler and Peers dominantly won 7-0. The match tiebreaker opened with a 5-1 run by Ebden and Purcell, but Kubler and Peers would combat it with their own run that would allow them to breakthrough and take the match.


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