Tuesday, November 23, 2021

NorCal's Nanda annihilates Aragone in Puerto Vallarta

   Qualifier Govind Nanda, 20, of Carmichael, Calif., in the Sacramento area crushed JC Aragone of Yorba Linda in the Los Angeles region 6-2, 6-0 in 71 minutes today in the first round of the $52,080 Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) Challenger. 
   Nanda, only 5-foot-10 (1.78 meters) and 155 pounds (70 kilograms), won 22 of 27 points on his first serve (81 percent) and saved all three break points against him. Aragone, 26, converted only 20 of 49 first serve (41 percent).
   Nanda, ranked No. 480, is scheduled to play No. 2 seed Daniel Altmeier, a 23-year-old German ranked No. 100, for the first time on Thursday. Altmeier eliminated Michael Redlicki, a 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) left-hander originally from Chicago, 7-6 (5), 6-1. 
  Altmeier reached the round of 16 in last year's French Open as a qualifier in his first Grand Slam tournament.
   In the opening round of doubles, No. 3 seeds Christian Harrison of Bradenton, Fla., and Dennis Novikov of San Jose, Calif., beat Pedro Vives Marcos of Spain and Wu Tung-Lin of Chinese Taipei 7-6 (4), 6-4.

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