Australia’s contingent at the ATP Tour match in Washington has been slashed in half with Alexei Popyrin, Jordan Thompson and James Duckworth exiting in the first round.
Wildcard entry Brandon Nakashima, on his 20th birthday, well-known a 6-3 6-3 get hold of over Popyrin.
Nakashima is in extensive make after making the excellent in support-to-support weeks in Los Cabos and Atlanta and the American showed his self belief against Popyrin, this yr’s Singapore titlist, changing all three of his smash capabilities to approach after actual 70 minutes.
Thompson coughed up a one-narrate lead to bound all of the manner down to Swedish qualifier Elias Ymer 3-6 7-6 6-3 whereas Duckworth fell to Tennys Sandgren 6-3 2-6 6-2.
Sever Kyrgios, the 2019 champion, is scheduled to take to the court for his opening round assembly with Mackenzie McDonald later on Tuesday evening whereas his fellow Australians Alex de Minaur and John Millman have byes into the second round as seeded gamers.
In the intervening time, 21-yr-outmoded American Sebastian Korda is thru to the excellent 16 of the hardcourt match with a 7-5 6-4 get hold of over Vasek Pospisil of Canada.
Korda, the 12th seed, subsequent faces Italian fifth seed Jannik Sinner or Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland, whereas Nakashima’s opponent in the second round will be British sixth seed Dan Evans.
Nakashima credits elevated self-belief and an improved back with helping his latest make.
“I actual try to narrate myself to actual take care of peaceable out there, actual focal level on what I make ideal,” Nakashima acknowledged.
“All these hard-court fits has helped me with my self belief in my sport, radiant that I’m in a position to compete with all these high guys if I suppose my ideal sport out there.”
Canada’s second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime and seventh-seeded Briton Cameron Norrie progressed to the round of 16 whereas Steve Johnson and Denis Kudla reached the second round on a factual day for the People.