Aug. 4, 2008
August 2008
Aug. 4, 2008
August 2008

Tournament Update

In spite of a three and one-half hour rain day Monday morning, all scheduled matches were completed by the end of the day with all five top seeds in both divisions advancing.

In 16s, four of the matches were straight-set wins, including the No. 1 seed, Harry Fowler of Houston, Texas, over Andrew Goodwin of Alpharetta, Ga., 6-2, 6-0.

No. 2 Evan King of Chicago beat Puerto Rico’s Gabriel Flores, 6-3, 6-0; No. 3 Jack Sock of Lincoln, Neb., beat Cameron Ghorbani of Lexington, Mass., 6-2, 6-2; No. 4 Sekou Coker Bangoura of Bradenton, Fla., pulled out a three-set win over Jimmy Roebker of Fort Mitchell, Ky., 6-1, 5-7, 6-1; and No. 5 Bob van Overbeek of Boca Raton, Fla., beat Michael Rinaldi, Palm City, Fla., 6-1, 6-2.

In 18s, No. 5 Austin Krajicek of Bryan, Texas, also needed three sets to advance, beating John Lamble of Saratoga, Calif., 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

The top seed, Ryan Harrison of New Braunfels, Texas, beat Blake Barzarnik of Kildeer, Ill., 6-1, 6-2; No. 2 Chase Buchanan, New Albany, Ohio, defeated Alex Rovello of Portland, Ore., 6-3, 6-0; No. 3 Adam El Mihdawy of Long Island City, N.Y., bested Joe Young of Redlands, Calif., 6-4, 6-0; and No. 4 Alexander Domijan of Wesley Chapel, Fla., beat Bryan Weinetz of Laredo, Texas, 7-5, 6-3.

Ryan Harrison said he knows that, being the top seed, he has a target on his back.
“Everyone’s out to get you,” he said. “You’ve just got to play every match with the same intensity and fire you would if you were the underdog.
“It adds a little extra pressure, but at the end of the day, it’s just you playing against your opponent and whoever plays better that day, wins.”

Chase Buchanan has lost only four games in two matches, but he looks at the ease with which he has advanced philosophically.
“They could be challenges if I let them,” he said. “I’m not going to let somebody challenge me that shouldn’t.
“If somebody’s up to the challenge to do it, then I’m there.”

Source: USTA Nationals Staff