Lorenzi Upsets Sandgren In New York
Paolo Lorenzi of Italy opened up main draw action on Monday at the New York Open by scoring the first upset of the tournament, earning a marathon 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 6-4 win over No. 8 seed Tennys Sandgren of the United States.
Both players won 106 points on the day, but it was the Italian who prevailed in the most crucial moments. He scored the lone break of the match at 1-1 in the final set and rode the momentum to victory after two hours and 32 minutes.
The win gives the 37-year-old his first main draw victory since the 2018 US Open. He has primarily competed on the ATP Challenger Tour over the past six months, but qualified for the main draw this year at ATP Tour events in Doha and Cordoba.
Joining Tomic in the second round is fellow Aussie and No. 7 seed Jordan Thompson, who won nine of the final 10 games to defeat American wild card and New York native Noah Rubin 6-7(7) 7-5, 6-1. Thompson squandered eight set points in the first set, including five in the tie-break, and was forced to serve to stay in the match at 4-5 in the second set. After securing his first break of the match at 5-5-5 in the second set, he finished strongly to prevail in two hours and 35 minutes.
"I think a lot of guys could have gone away if they were in my position after that first set," said Thompson. "I competed hard, hung tough and scraped out a win."