Jenson Brooksby‘s resolve was put to the test early on Eugene Korea Open Tennis Championships on Tuesday, but the eighth seed dug deep before accelerating away from the qualifier Wu Tung Lin to seal a 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-0 first round win at the ATP 250 event in Seoul.
Wu put plenty of pressure on Brooksby’s serve in the two-hour and 20-minute encounter, but the American found a way to save nine of the 11 break points he faced against world No. 212. Brooksby fended off three set points at 5-6 before making the tiebreak in the first set, but Wu leveled the match with two breaks of serve in the second set as the 24-year-old from Chinese Taipei missed a top in his first match against a top Signs of nervousness showed 50 opponents.
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Brooksby, who reached the finals of the ATP Tour in Dallas and Atlanta this year, responded to that setback in style, delivering a clinical decision set to book a second-round meeting Soonwoo Kwon. The highest-ranked South Korean in the Pepperstone ATP rankings, Kwon defeated his compatriot Yunseong Chung 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-1 in the last game of the day at the outdoor hard court tournament.
Also on Tuesday Yoshihito Nishioka maintained his undefeated record against Daniel Evans with a 6-2, 7-6(3) triumph over the fifth-place finisher. The Japanese world No. 56 created 14 break point chances against Evans, converting four of them into an hour and 49-minute win and extending his ATP Head2Head series lead against the Brit to 6-0. Nishioka will take on compatriot Taro Daniel or Emilio Gomez in the second round.
Mackenzie McDonald and Steve Johnson joined her compatriot Brooksby in straight set wins in the second round in Seoul on Tuesday. World No. 82 McDonald went down Pedro Martinez 7-5, 6-4 to set up a meeting against the third seed TaylorFritzwhile four-time tour-level world champion Johnson proved too strong for the home wildcard JiSung Nam. Johnson prevailed 7: 6 (3), 6: 4 against the South Korean and will face next Radu Albot.
Nicholas Jarry will be top seed Kasper Ruud‘s opponent in the second round in Seoul after the Chilean qualifier edged him out 6-3, 7-6 (8). Ryan Peniston in his opening game. #NextGenATP Star Chun Hsin Tseng Also on Tuesday in the South Korean capital he moved behind his opponent Christopher O’Connell had to pull out of the first-round clash between the two after Tseng won the first set 6-4.