Playing two singles matches in one day is something just about every pro tennis player has experienced somewhere along the way. It’s what eight quarterfinalists at the Legends Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit presented by USTA Southern California being played at El Dorado Park had to do on Friday following a completely washed out Thursday.
The 2014 NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron from UCLA recalls having to play two matches on the same day back in September at the Santa Maria Open, the first tournament back on his road to recovery from his second hip surgery.
The time on court didn’t seem to bother Giron on Friday as he upset No. 3-seeded Emilio Gomez of Ecuador, 6-4, 6-3, and then took out former University of Michigan All-American and No. 5-seeded Evan King later in the day, 7-5, 6-4.
Giron would have had to log even more hours on court Friday had his doubles partner Alexios Halebian not been forced to withdraw from the tournament following his tough 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, singles loss to fellow Southern California and qualifier Henry Craig. Halebian said after the match he rolled his left ankle on Wednesday in a nice three-set upset over No. 2-seeded Roberto Quiroz in the eighth game of the third set.
“It’s tough, but it’s fine,” said Giron, who actually lost to Haelbian in that Santa Maria final. “I mean, you’re focused on your singles and you know playing doubles would just keep you out there longer.”
King said he remembers playing back-to-back matches on the same day in college during a fall tournament. It looked like he was in for a quick day after a 6-0 win in his second-round first-set win over Christian Harrison, but had a tougher time in the second set, 7-6 (4).
“I knew he was going to pick it up and stay focused and composed,” said King, who said he played Harrison once in the juniors. “I was 14 and he was around 12. I think it was Winternationals 14-and-unders and it was when he was freaky good. I mean he’s still freaky good, but it was when he was tiny and freaky good. I just remember being so much bigger than him.”
The 24-year-old King, ranked just inside the ATP World Tour Top 300, said he had never faced the 23-year-old Giron in a match before Friday. “It’s weird because we’re about the same age and we played a lot of the same tournaments,” he said.
Giron won the Easter Bowl 18s in 2011 and King did the same in 2009.
University of Virginia junior Collin Altamirano beat 2016 NCAA champion Mackenzie McDonald, the No. 4 seed and last week’s Pro Circuit Futures winner, 6-3, 6-1, in the quarterfinals. In another surprise, last week’s Southern California Pro Futures finalist and teenager Carl Soderlund of Sweden beat top-seeded Tommy Paul, 6-3, 7-5. Soderlund, the No. 7-seed, is the only seeded player remaining of the final four. Soderlund will face his Virginia teammate Altamirano in a 10 a.m. semifinal while Giron plays Fanselow in the other at the same time.
— Story by Steve Pratt
Friday’s Second-Round Singles Scores
wc: wild-card; q: qualifier.
Sebastian Fanselow, Germany, def. Evan Song, U.S., 7-5, 6-3
Marcos Giron, U.S., def. Emilio Gomez, Ecuador, (3), 6-4, 6-3
Tommy Paul, U.S. (1), def. Brandon Holt, U.S. (wc), 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Collin Altamirano, U.S. (wc), def. Logan Smith, U.S. (wc), 7-6 (4), 6-3
Mackenzie McDonald, U.S. (4), def. Mico Santiago, U.S. (q), 6-2, 6-2
Evan King, U.S. (5), def. Christian Harrison, U.S., def. 6-0, 7-6 (4)
Carl Soderlund, Sweden (7), def. Riley Smith, U.S. (wc), 6-2, 6-2
Henry Craig, U.S. (q), def. Alexios Halebian, U.S., 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Scores
Sebastian Fanselow, Germany, def. Henry Craig, U.S. (q), 6-1, 6-0
Marcos Giron, U.S., def. Evan King, U.S. (5), 7-5, 6-4
Collin Altamirano, U.S. (wc), def. Mackenzie McDonald, U.S. (4), 6-3, 6-1
Carl Soderlund, Sweden (7), def. Tommy Paul, U.S. (1), 6-3, 7-5
Friday’s Second-Round Doubles Scores
Austin Krajiceck, U.S. / Jackson Withrow, U.S. (2), def. Courtney John Lock, Zimbabwe / Evan Song, U.S., 6-2, 6-2
Sebastian Bader, Austria / Sebastian Fanselow, Germany, def. Marcos Giron, U.S. / Alexios Halebian, U.S., walkover
Nick Crystal, U.S. / Tanner Smith, U.S. (2), def. Lucas Renard, Sweden, Mico Santiago, U.S., 6-2, 4-6, 10-6
J.C. Aragone, U.S. / Carl Soderlund, Sweden, def. Eduardo Russi, Brazil / Kaichi Uchida, Japan (4), 6-2, 6-1
Community Events for the Legends Long Beach USTA Pro Circuit presented by USTA Southern California:
Saturday, Jan. 14: Kid’s Day; 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m. at El Dorado Park Tennis Center.
Sunday, Jan. 15: Free Cardio Tennis Clinic; 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.