Los Cabos: Kokkinakis, Ebden, Santillan through
Australia went a perfect three-from-three at the ATP event in Los Cabos on Monday, with Thanasi Kokkinakis, Matt Ebden and Akira Santillan advancing to the second round.
Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis has outlasted tournament No.8 seed Frances Tiafoe to advance to the second round of the Los Cabos Open in Mexico.
The 21-year-old from Adelaide won in straight sets, but had to dig deep before overcoming the American in two tiebreakers with the second going to 10 points.
Kokkinakis’ 7-6(3) 7-6(8) win – during which he saved five set points in the second set – sees him take on the winner of the first-round match between Yasutaka Uchiyama and Peter Polansky.
Only a few minutes before Kokkinakis sealed victory, compatriot Matthew Ebden scored a fine win over American Dennis Novikov.
Ebden lost the first set but then bounced back to win 1-6 6-3 6-3 to set up an encounter with No.4 seed Feliciano Lopez, who received a bye into the next round.
Ebden, a qualifier, has now won nine of his past 10 matches after two weeks ago reaching the ATP final in Newport – also as a qualifier.
Later on Monday, a third Aussie, Akira Santillan, joined his countryman in the last 16 in Mexico.
Santillan, who like Ebden came through two rounds of qualifying, thrashed Russia’s Konstantin Kravchuk 6-0 6-1 in just 36 minutes.
Czech Tomas Berdych (No.1) and American Sam Querrey are the tournament’s top two seeds.
Santillan next faces Berdych.