Top 16s Seed Falls to Aragone
Connor Farren, the top seed in 16s, was upset in Friday’s quarterfinals by JC Aragone (13), Yorba Linda, Calif., 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. The key to the win for Aragone was “A lot of first-serve percentage,” he said. “I just had to focus on just breaking him because he has such good returns. “It’s kinda hard to hold against him, so when I went up 3-0 (in the third), I really had a lot of confidence. I was kinda nervous at 5-3. I thought he was gonna break me.” Aragone will play Luca Corinteli (4), Alexandria, Va., in Saturday’s semifinals. Corinteli defeated Stephen Watson (32), Orlando, 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-2, on Friday. “In the third set, I only got broken once,” Corinteli said, of a match where, at one point in the second set, service was broken eight times in a row. “It was an unusual match, because I consider my serve one of my weapons, so to play a match like this where I’m not holding serve, it was kinda weird. “I didn’t know how to handle it. I don’t think I’m the greatest returner in the world, and to keep breaking serve was weird. That’s all I can say.” The other semifinal will feature Ronnie Schneider (2), Bloomington, Ind., against Nikko Madregallejo (6), Monrovia, Calif. Both won quarterfinals matches on Thursday.
Source: USTA Nationals Staff