Jordan Thompson has superior to the second spherical of the ATP Tour’s Atlanta Open however his fellow Australian Alexei Popyrin exited within the opening spherical.
Thompson toughed it out towards eighth-seeded Lloyd Harris to prevail 7-6 (7-2) 1-6 6-2.
Popyrin was defeated 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 by Steve Johnson, in a match that was dominated by the serve.
Nick Kyrgios will start his marketing campaign on the ATP 250 occasion towards veteran South African Kevin Anderson on Wednesday (AEST) whereas qualifier Chris O’Connell face American Denis Kudla.
World No.63 Thompson fought again from dropping his serve within the eleventh recreation of the primary set to pressure a tiebreaker and shut it out comfortably.
The momentum swung the best way of South African Harris when he broke serve twice on his solution to levelling the match at one set all.
Thompson composed himself and made essentially the most of his alternatives within the deciding set.
He broke Harris in his ultimate three service video games to seal victory on his second match level.
4-time ATP Tour title winner Johnson wanted only one hour quarter-hour to dispatch Popyrin – who was unable to earn a single break-point alternative.
Johnson served 12 aces to the 11 of Popyrin, with the one break of the match coming within the sixth recreation of the second set.
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