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Taylor Fritz defeats top seed Malek Jaziri at JSM Challenger - Bob Larson's Tennis News

Taylor Fritz defeats top seed Malek Jaziri at JSM Challenger


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JSM Challenger Tennis News

As the 2015 JSM Challenger quarterfinals finished up today, two qualifiers and two unseeded players remain in the main draw of singles. As for doubles, the top two seeds will continue on to the semifinals of the main draw. Play will continue tomorrow Nov. 20 at noon and 5:30pm at the Atkins Tennis Center in Champaign.

In the quarterfinals today, the No. 1 American junior Taylor Fritz defeated the top seed Malek Jaziri of Tunisia. Fritz won the 2015 U.S. Open boy’s tournament and is currently ranked 207 by the ATP world rankings. If Fritz wins the 2015 JSM Challenger, he will tie Noah Rubin for the highest point total in the Australian Open Wild Card Challenge. Whoever has a higher ATP ranking between the two will receive the wild card into the main draw of the Australian Open in January.

In other singles results today, qualifier and former UCLA player Clay Thompson defeated the second seed Austin Krajicek 6-3 in the final set. Other qualifier and current UCLA All-American Mackenzie McDonald defeated unseeded Mitchell Krueger in straight sets. Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland, the only non-American remaining in the tournament, defeated Eric Quigley 6-1 in the final set.

As for doubles, the first seeded American duo Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe defeated a qualifying team in straight sets. The second seeds, Johan Brunstrom and Frederik Nielsen also won in straight sets, however the third seeded team Dean O’Brien and Ruan Roelofse of Russia lost in straight sets. In the last doubles match, Joshua Milton and partner John-Patrick Smith defeated the former Illini duo Tim Kopinski and Dennis Nevolo 10-5 in the final set tiebreaker.

On Friday Nov. 20, the semifinals will begin at noon with doubles. First, the second seeds Frederik Nielsen and Johan Brunstorm will face David O’Hare of Ireland and partner Joe Salisbury of Great Britain. Directly following will be the first singles match of the day, Henri Laaksonen versus qualifier Clay Thompson. Play will resume again at 5:30pm with the first seeded doubles team Austin Krajicek and Nicholas Monroe versus unseeded Joshua Milton and John-Patrick Smith. Directly following will be the feature match of the day: Taylor Fritz versus Mackenzie McDonald.

RESULTS – NOVEMBER 19, 2015

Men’s
Singles – Quarterfinals
T. Fritz (USA) d [1] M. Jaziri (TUN) 61 62
[Q] C. Thompson (USA) d [2] A. Krajicek (USA) 46 75 63
[Q] M. McDonald (USA) d M. Krueger (USA) 75 61
H. Laaksonen (SUI) d E. Quigley (USA) 36 60 61

 

Men’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] A. Krajicek (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) d [Q] D. Smethurst (GBR) / D. Walsh (GBR) 76(5) 62
[2] J. Brunstrom (SWE) / F. Nielsen (DEN) d [LL] D. Rice (GBR) / M. Willis (GBR) 61 63
D. O’hare (IRL) / J. Salisbury (GBR) d [3] D. O’Brien (RSA) / R. Roelofse (RSA) 63 76(1)
J. Milton (GBR) / J. Smith (AUS) d [WC] T. Kopinski (USA) / D. Nevolo (USA) 57 62 10-5

 

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2015
COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
D. O’hare (IRL) / J. Salisbury (GBR) vs [2] J. Brunstrom (SWE) / F. Nielsen (DEN)
H. Laaksonen (SUI) vs [Q] C. Thompson (USA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[1] A. Krajicek (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) vs J. Milton (GBR) / J. Smith (AUS)
T. Fritz (USA) vs [Q] M. McDonald (USA)

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