Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka became the first player to score a main draw win at the 2017 Memphis Open presented by ServiceMaster. The left-handed 21-year-old from Mei needed one break in the first set and then after an exchange of breaks in the second he scored one more break to secure a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
“We didn’t know each other that much, but he has great forehand and he likes long rallies,” Nishioka said. “I tried to feel good on the court and I played very solid.”
Donald Young advanced to the second round and scored his second win from three matches with Adrian Mannarino 3-6, 7-5, 7-6. The last time Young defeated the Frenchman was at this tournament in 2015. Damir Dzumhur rallied from a set and a break down to defeat former finalist Kevin Anderson 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.
In the final singles match of the evening 19-year-old American wild card Reilly Opelka, all of 6’11” accounted for 20 year old fellow America wild card Jared Donaldson 6-1, 7-5.
“Pretty lucky. Definitely a lot of luck. I served well,” Opelka said.
In doubles action Americans Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson defeated wild cards and University of Memphis players Cedric De Zutter of Belgium and Connor Glennon 6-2, 6-3.
Coming up on day two will be fifth seeded Aussie Bernard Tomic on Stadium against Barbados qualifier Darian King, Ryan Harrison plays Konstantin Kravchuk of Russia and at night 2016 finalist Taylor Fritz faces Lu Yen-Hsun the eighth seed and an all-American contest between Frances Tiafoe and Tim Smyczek. Singles action on Grandstand places qualifiers Matthew Ebden against Peter Polanski and 2008 winner Steve Darcis plays Radu Albot.