American Jared Donaldson fought hard on Monday, weathering a late comeback from fellow #NextGenATP and Greek qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Chengdu Open for a 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-5 victory over two hours and 25 minutes.
World No. 58 Donaldson, now 19-17 on the year, led 5-2 in the deciding set, before losing 10 of the next 13 points to ensure a tense end to the pair’s first meeting. Tsitsipas, 19, dropped to 0-7 lifetime in tour-level matches, while Donaldson will next face sixth-seeded Briton Kyle Edmund or Bernard Tomic of Australia.
“I think the entire match was very close and Stefanos played a great match,” said Donaldson. “Obviously, at 5-2 in the third set I didn’t play a great service game. It happens sometimes. I gave myself an opportunity to win, I just didn’t take it and I also thought I got a little unlucky.”
Elsewhere, fifth-seeded Japanese Yuichi Sugita was leading 6-1 when Croatian qualifier Mate Pavic retired with a muscular strain after 22 minutes of play. This year’s Antalya Open titlist (d. Mannarino), who is now 16-10 in a career-best year, will next challenge Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro, a 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-2 winner over 17-year-old Chinese wild card Yibing Wu in two hours.
“I would rate myself a seven out of 10. I think I did well on my service games,” said Wu, who was making his ATP World Tour main draw debut after earning his wild card by winning the Shanghai Challenger two weeks ago. “[Experienced players] are able to manage their energy level. I ran out of steam half way and my serve was weak. I need to learn to manage my intensity during the match.”
Challenger #NextGenATP First-Time Winner: Wu Yibing
#NextGenATP American qualifier Taylor Fritz lost just four of his first-service points against Chinese wild card Di Wu in a 7-5, 6-1 win over 63 minutes. “It was a really tight first set, but I handed it well,” said Fritz. “I’d really like to make it into Milan and I know I’ll probably need to win one of these tournaments.” Fritz is currently No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Race To Milan for one of the seven remaining berths at the Next Gen ATP Finals from 7-11 November.