There may be nothing like returning dwelling after an extended journey.
Simply ask Christopher Eubanks, who raced by way of his opening-round match Tuesday on the Atlanta Open. Enjoying his first match since his dream Wimbledon quarter-final run, Eubanks wasted no time to defeat Andres Martin 6-2, 6-4.
In a match of two Atlanta natives, Eubanks produced firepower and clear hitting from the baseline to dispatch the wild card after one hour, seven minutes. Within the opening set, Eubanks didn’t a drop some extent behind his hefty serve (16/16) and because the match wore on, the fifth seed continued to thrill the house crowd by hanging one-handed backhand winners with ease.
“I knew it was going to be a enjoyable ambiance,” Eubanks stated in his on-court interview. “I knew faculty evening, even the years that I performed it and final 12 months Andres had the privilege of taking part in on faculty evening, Georgia Tech followers actually come out and so they present a whole lot of assist.
“Andres and I do know one another rather well. He is the man I practise with in all probability probably the most of anyone in Atlanta after I’m dwelling. We have had some fairly good battles in follow, so I knew going on the market that he will know my recreation and I’ll know his recreation.”
At World No. 32 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, Eubanks is within the type of his life. The 27-year-old, who will meet countryman Brandon Nakashima within the second spherical, loved a quarter-final run on the ATP Masters 1000 occasion in Miami and hit a brand new excessive this month after triumphing on the Mallorca Championships and reaching the final eight at Wimbledon.
“I left I feel in all probability again in April and I used to be on the highway for 12 straight weeks, performed 11 of 12 weeks and had some ups and downs, however the ups sort of got here in the direction of the top and issues had been going rather well,” Eubanks stated. “I am hoping to proceed that trajectory and see the place the summer season takes me. This complete 12 months actually has been a dream come true, so I am hoping to maintain it going.”
Eubanks Relishing Atlanta Return Following ‘Profession Altering’ Wimbledon Run
Martin, 22, just lately accomplished his junior 12 months at Georgia Tech, the place Eubanks was a student-athlete from 2014-17. The World No. 723 Martin, who ousted Thanasi Kokkinakis final 12 months as a wild card in Atlanta, was taking part in simply his third tour-level match.
Additionally in motion Tuesday night, Shang Juncheng downed American Ben Shelton 6-4, 6-4 in a #NextGenATP battle after successful 83 per cent of first-serve factors to earn his second tour-level principal draw victory. World No. 41 Shelton is the highest-ranked participant that the 18-year-old Shang has defeated in his profession.
“Ben is a tremendous participant, he is made so many good matches this 12 months and he is an upcoming star,” Shang stated. “He is already round 40 on the earth, so for me it is actually wonderful to beat him right here. We had a very wonderful match, I performed actually good. I am blissful in regards to the efficiency and searching ahead to the following spherical towards Kei.”
A pivotal second got here when the Chinese language teen served for the match at 5-4. Shang trailed 15/40, however then received 4 consecutive factors to safe a second-round conflict towards Japanese star Kei Nishikori, who’s 15 years his senior.
Shang is seventeenth within the Pepperstone ATP Reside Subsequent Gen Race. He’s aiming to qualify for the Subsequent Gen ATP Finals for the primary time.
Earlier within the day, Dominik Koepfer rallied previous six-time Atlanta champion John Isner 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(3). Regardless of not breaking the 6’10” American’s serve, the German Koepfer held his nerve in two tie-breaks to earn his first principal draw tour-level win since final 12 months’s ATP 500 occasion in Washington, D.C. Koepfer will face third seed Daniel Evans within the second spherical.
Tuesday was the 38-year-old Isner’s first opening-round loss on the Atlanta Open in 13 appearances.