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Chris O’Connell overcomes American Denis Kudla in three sets to reach the second round at an ATP 250 tournament in Atlanta.

Atlanta, USA, 28 July 2021 | Leigh Rogers

Atlanta, USA

Chris O’Connell has continued his winning run at an ATP 250 tournament in Atlanta.

The 27-year-old earned his place in the draw as a qualifier and today scored a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory against American Denis Kudla in the opening round.

It is the world No.132’s fourth career main draw win at tour-level.

O’Connell fired 19 aces in his one-hour and 50-minute victory to set-up a second-round meeting with No.2 seed Jannik Sinner of Italy.

Nick Kyrgios, the Atlanta 2016 champion, defeated former world No.5 Kevin Anderson in the final match of the day.

> READ: Kyrgios serves up impressive win in Atlanta 

Kyrgios is already through to the doubles quarterfinal alongside American Jack Sock, where they will play Australia’s Jordan Thompson and American Steve Johnson.

Aussies in action – Atlanta

TODAY’S RESULTS
Men’s singles, first round
[Q] Chris O’Connell (AUS) d Denis Kudla (USA) 4-6 6-3 6-3
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) d Kevin Anderson (RSA) 7-6(4) 6-3

Men’s doubles, first round
Jordan Thompson (AUS)/Steve Johnson (USA) d Nathaniel Lammons (USA)/Jackson Withrow (USA) 6-4 7-5

COMING UP
Men’s singles, second round
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v [3] Cameron Norrie (GBR)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v [Q] Peter Gojowczyk (GER)
[Q] Chris O’Connell (AUS) v [2] Jannik Sinner (ITA)

Men’s doubles, first round
[4] Matt Ebden (AUS)/John-Patrick Smith (AUS) v Taylor Fritz (USA)/Cameron Norrie (GBR)
Alexei Popyrin (AUS)/Matt Reid (AUS) v Andre Goransson (SWE)/Frederik Nielsen (DEN)

Men’s doubles, quarterfinals
[WC] Nick Kyrgios (AUS)/Jack Sock (USA) v Jordan Thompson (AUS)/Steve Johnson (USA)

Kitzbubel, Austria

Marc Polmans has advanced to the doubles quarterfinals at an ATP 250 tournament in Kitzbuhel.

The 24-year-old Australian and Spanish partner Pedro Martinez recorded a 6-4 6-0 victory against Spaniards Marc Lopez and Jaume Munar at the clay-court tournament.

Lopez is a former world No.3, who has won a Roland Garros title and an Olympic gold medal in his stellar doubles career.

Polmans and Martinez conceded only 12 points on serve in the one-hour match, setting up quarterfinal clash with second seeds Hugo Nys of Monaco and Andrea Vavassori of Italy.

Aussies in action – Kitzbuhel

RESULTS
Men’s doubles, first round
Marc Polmans (AUS)/Pedro Martinez (ESP) d Marc Lopez (ESP)/Jaume Munar (ESP) 6-4 6-0

COMING UP
Men’s doubles, quarterfinals
Marc Polmans (AUS)/Pedro Martinez (ESP) v [2] Hugo Nys (MON)/Andrea Vavassori (ITA)

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