Author: Tomi Garguilo

By Steve Dorsey  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Juan Martin del Potro became the latest highly ranked player to fall at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open, where only one of the nine seeds remain for the quarterfinals. American wild card Frances Tiafoe sent del Potro, ranked No. 10 in the world and the No. 2 seed here this week, to an unexpected early exit Thursday night in the final match of the second round. Tiafoe’s 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-5 upset on the Stadium court at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center, advances the world’s No. 91st ranked player to his second consecutive quarterfinal. Tiafoe will meet No. 30-ranked Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the nightcap of Friday’s quarterfinals, so he won’t have long to recover from his emotional win against del Potro, who is his tennis idol. Chung, the No. 8 seed here, advanced with a...

By Steve Dorsey  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Donald Young was anxious to erase the goose egg on the left side of his 2018 win-loss record, and the 28-year-old American wasted no time chalking up his first victory of the season Monday afternoon in his first-round match at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. Young needed only 69 minutes to defeat qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan of India 6-1, 6-2 on the Stadium court at the Delray Beach Tennis Center after consecutive first-round setbacks in his first three tournaments this year. “There were a lot of nerves the whole time, even when I was up 4-0 (in the first set) and 5-2 (in the second set). It’s like playing a final almost,” Young said. “I got a rough start (this season). Last week was tough (at the New York Open). I just had to get through it. Once you get...

By Steve Dorsey  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Youth ruled the Stadium court Thursday afternoon at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open, as teenager Denis Shapovalov and 20-year-old Taylor Fritz each won their second-round matches to set up an intriguing quarterfinal match between the NextGen players on Friday. A year ago, Shapovalov was what he described as “just a regular kid in Toronto.” That changed dramatically when the Canadian teenager reached the semifinals of the Rogers Cup last August after an impressive run that included wins against Juan Martin del Potro, Rafael Nadal and Adrian Mannarino. Suddenly he was seeing himself on TV and everywhere he went people knew his name. He’s quickly making a name for himself here this week, too. The blond-haired 18-year-old advanced to the quarterfinals here with a 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4 against American Jared Donaldson, vaulting him into Friday’s quarterfinals in his first...

By Steve Dorsey  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – It was a tough day for American John Isner, the No. 6 seed, and Canadian Milos Raonic, last year’s runner-up at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open, as the underdogs prevailed on the center stage. Isner was ousted by German Peter Gojowczyk in a grueling match that included three tiebreakers and Raonic followed with a straight-sets loss to American Steve Johnson on the Stadium court in the featured afternoon matches on Day 3 at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center. Isner, ranked No. 18 in the world, delivered 30 aces but faltered in the third set when Gojowczyk held off three match points in the 12th game that propelled him to a 7-6 (3), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) victory. “What a battle,” Gojowczyk said of 2-hour, 32-minute match that was as back-and-forth as the scores suggest. “I tried to do my...

By Steve Dorsey  DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Fan favorite Juan Martin del Potro continued his solid start to 2018 with a straight-sets win Tuesday night against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the nightcap of Day 2 at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open that also included the first major upset of the tournament. In the evening’s first match, Taylor Fritz won a third-set tiebreaker against fellow American Sam Querrey, the No. 4 seed who is ranked No. 12 in the world. Del Potro, who has battled back from wrist injuries that dropped his world ranking to No. 1,042 two years ago, has climbed to No. 10 and is the No. 2 seed here this week. The popular Argentine notched another win here at the Delray Beach Stadium and Tennis Center with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Chardy. “I’m doing well this season,” del Potro said after improving his record...

By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Tuesday was billed as Canada Day at the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open, and Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov didn’t disappoint their fellow citizens in attendance in the Stadium at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. Raonic and Shapovalov each delivered straight-sets victories in their first-round matches Tuesday afternoon after American John Isner, the No. 6 seed here this week, rallied from down a set to defeat Radu Albot of Moldova 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the opening match of Day 2. The world No. 18 Isner, a wild card entry in the singles draw, was the highest ranked player in action during the afternoon session. The 6-foot-10 American lost to Albot, ranked No. 87 in the world, at last week’s New York Open but was able to stave off another upset thanks in part to 21 aces, compared to only one...

By Steve Dorsey DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – Top seed and defending champion Jack Sock overcame six double faults and what he described as “tricky conditions” to register a straight-sets win Monday night to close out the first day of the ATP World Tour Delray Beach Open. The world No. 8-ranked Sock’s 6-4, 6-4 win against qualifier John-Patrick Smith of Australia was the American’s first win this season after exiting in his opening matches at the Australian Open and Auckland. Gusty, swirling winds at the Stadium court at the Delray Beach Tennis and an upset-minded Smith made Sock earn his first-round match in his return here as the defending champion for the first time. “It seems like when (the wind) gets in the stadium, especially at night, it swirls more. It’s tricky conditions and he’s a tricky guy,” Sock said of Smith, who is ranked No. 225 in the world....