Sunday, September 27, 2015

Top seed Kudla draws fellow American in Tiburon

  Top-seeded Denis Kudla will face fellow American Connor Smith on Monday or Tuesday in the first round of the $100,000 Wells Fargo Tiburon Challenger at the Tiburon Peninsula Club.
   The draw was conducted on Saturday, and Monday's schedule will be announced today.
   Kudla, the only American man to reach the second week in singles at Wimbledon this summer, is ranked No. 76 in the world. He advanced to the Tiburon semifinals two years ago as the top seed but lost in the first round last year to Jordan Thompson of Australia as the fifth seed.
   Smith, a former Ohio State star, is ranked No. 235.
   Fourth-seeded Dustin Brown of Germany will face a qualifier to be determined. Brown shocked two-time champion Rafael Nadal en route to the third round at Wimbledon this year as a qualifier.
   The Tiburon draw features two San Francisco Bay Area residents: Dennis Novikov of Milpitas and wild card Mackenzie McDonald of Piedmont.
   Novikov, who's bidding for his second Challenger title in two weeks today in Columbus, Ohio, will play Marek Michalicka of the Czech Republic.
   McDonald, a UCLA junior from Piedmont, will take on Frederik Nielsen of Denmark. In 2012, Nielsen and Jonathan Marray of Great Britain became the only wild cards to win the Wimbledon men's doubles title.
   Wild card Andre Goransson, a Cal junior from Sweden, drew a qualifier to be determined.
At Tiburon Peninsula Club
First-round qualifying
   Dennis Nevolo, United States, def. Ben McLachlan, New Zealand, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. 
   Conor Berg, United States, def. Paul Barreto, United States, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
   Sekou Bangoura, United States, def. Sameer Kumar, United States, 6-1, 6-0.
   Filip Bergevi, Sweden, def. Maxime Tchoutakian, France, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
   Joseph Cadogan, Trinidad and Tobago, def. Noah Newman, United States, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1.
   Eric Johnson, United States, def. Sebastian Fanselow, Germany, 6-1, 6-1.
   Bernardo Saraiva, Portugal, def. Takanyi Garanganga, Zimbabwe, 4-6, 7-5, 3-0, retired. 
Today's schedule
Center Court
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Nicolas Meister (3), United States,vs. Conor Berg, United States.
   Benjamin Mitchell (1), Australia, vs. Sekou Bangoura, United States.
   Matt Reid (4), Australia, vs. Tom Fawcett, United States.
Court 1
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Jose Statham (6), New Zealand, vs. Bernardo Saraiva, Portugal.
   Joshua Milton (2), Great Britain, vs. Dennis Nevolo, United States.
   Henri Laaksonen (5), Switzerland, vs. Eric Johnson, United States.
(Not before 1 p.m.)
   Doubles qualifying.
Court 4
(Starting at 10 a.m.)
   Marcos Giron (7), United States, vs. Filip Bergevi, Sweden.
   Andre Dome (8), United States, vs. Joseph Cadogan, Trinidad and Tobago.
(Not before 1 p.m.)
   Doubles qualifying.

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