Jung Upsets Anderson In New York
The qualifier from Chinese Taipei, No. 131 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, defeated second seed Frances Tiafoe to reach the quarter-finals last year at this event. Jung has earned three of his five ATP Tour main draw wins in New York.
”I guess I like these courts. It’s always nice to get a big win and gives [me] a little confidence boost, so hopefully I can build on that. I’m just really happy,” Jung said. “Obviously Kevin is coming back, but he’s been in two Grand Slam finals. Great confidence for me and hopefully this translates into 2020… It’s been a long journey for me and I’m just trying to enjoy every moment that I can.”
Both players traded service holds throughout the first set to force a tie-break. Anderson held a set point with Jung serving at 5/6, but the qualifier erased it with a clean backhand winner. An ace at 6/6 brought up a set point for Jung and he clinched the early advantage after a double fault from the South African.
Jung and Anderson traded breaks early in the second set, but the 30-year-old baseliner took the lead once more after Anderson dropped serve at 3-3 with a forehand error. Jung won 93 per cent (29/31) of his first-serve points throughout the night and wrapped up the match with a strong service game after one hour and 29 minutes.
Next up for Jung is seventh seed Cameron Norrie, who fought back from 2-4 in the first set to defeat local wild card Brian Shi 7-5, 6-3. The 24-year-old Brit continued to improve as the match progressed and dropped just four points (16/20) on serve in the second set.
Eighth seed Kyle Edmund opened his week in style by holding the lead throughout his 7-5, 6-4 victory against Japanese Yasutaka Uchiyama. The Brit won 86 per cent (30/35) of his first-serve points en route to prevailing in one hour and 44 minutes. Awaiting Edmund in the second round is German Dominik Koepfer, who defeated Canadian Brayden Schnur 7-5, 6-4. Schnur finished runner-up last year in New York (l. to Opelka).
Aussie Jordan Thompson weathered a dangerous test by moving past big-serving Croat Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-6(2) to reach the second round. Next up for Thompson is another gentle giant on Tour when he meets top-seeded American John Isner, who defeated him in the quarter-finals last year in New York.
Trailing by a set and 1-4, Italian Paolo Lorenzi rallied to win the last 11 games and prevail 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 in his all-qualifier battle with Serbian Danilo Petrovic. The 38-year-old will face another Serbian when he takes on #NextGenATP star and sixth seed Miomir Kecmanovic for a place in the quarter-finals.
South Korean Soonwoo Kwon prevailed in a lengthy 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-3 first-round battle with Japanese qualifier Go Soeda. His reward is a clash with second-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic. Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka started his week with a 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 win over Swiss Henri Laaksonen. The 24-year-old earned the right to meet third-seeded American and defending champion Reilly Opelka in the next round.