Shields Pulls Annual Nats Upset in Fourth Round Tuesday
Court three, round four produced d?j? vu all over again for 18th seed Clancy Shields of Grand Junction Colorado. Last year it was the same court and the same round, when, as the 23rd seed, he defeated seventh seed Donald Young in three sets. This year, he faced an even more daunting challenge?third seed and 2004 Orange Bowl champion Timothy Neilly.
?Obviously I knew it was the court I played Donald on, but I was just hoping to play on the front three (courts), because those courts are pretty fast ,? said the eighteen-year-old righthander. ?I feel Neilly would have beat me in the back (courts), but on the front courts, anything can happen, fast courts, ballkids, the crowds-- everything can play into that.?
Shields struck first, taking the opening set 6-4, but Neilly seized the momentum taking the second by the same score, and got an early break in the third. But Shields fought back to a 3-2 lead and broke with Neilly serving at 4-5 to score another memorable Nats upset.
The only unseeded 18s player in the round of 16 is Jason Jung, who had eliminated seventh seed Mykyta Kryvonos late Monday evening, and produced another upset Tuesday, taking out 26th seed Kallim Stewart. Jung, of Torrance California, is one of four sixteen-year-olds still alive in the 18s division. Jung admits his youth can be an advantage. ?I have nothing to lose, the pressure is always on my opponent.?
Other 16 year olds still in the draw are Michael McClune, the 29th seed, Kellen Damico, the 10th seed, and top seed Donald Young.
Second seed Sam Querrey was on the court less than 45 minutes in his 6-0, 6-1 pasting of Blake Muller. Tim Smyczek (4), Jesse Levine (5) Alex Clayton (6) and Denis Zivkovic (8) all advanced in straight sets.
Ninth seed Marcus Fugate was dumped by fellow IMG Bollettieri Academy student Michael Johnson 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Johnson, the 17th seed, had to hold off cramping, but he somehow managed to serve out the match before making his way directly to the trainer. Johnson and Holden Seguso were scheduled to play a fourth round doubles match later Tuesday evening, but Johnson was taken to the hospital due to his extensive cramping, resulting in a walkover for opponents Sasha Ermakov and Conor Pollock.
The 16s division saw fewer upsets, with 11th seed Waylon Chin the highest seed to fall. Of the top 10 seeds, only Will Guzick, the seventh seed who lost Monday, failed to make the round of 16.
Source: Colette Lewis (Tournament Office)