Day of many games that we have lived in the ATP Washington 2021. Several of the title favorites and top seeds began their journey in the American capital … and not many of them took that first step with force. The first to fall was Alex de Miñaur, back on the circuit after overcoming COVID-19, which yielded in three rounds in his debut against Steve Johnson (6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2). Another we hadn’t seen since Wimbledon was Grigor dimitrov: the Bulgarian showed a very bad version, chaining some very strange points in the decisive moments of the match, to return to the courts with a resounding defeat against Ilya Ivashka (6-2, 7-6 (4)).
The positive and beautiful note of the day put her MacKenzie McDonald. The American tennis player confirmed his return to the top-100 this morning. He did it, in addition, starring in a great comeback against a motivated Benoit Paire, who could not hide his frustration after losing a very fought duel (6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4). In 2019, McDonald suffered a severe hamstring injury that prevented him from walking for a month and a half and he left a significant scar near the abdominal area: today, he returns to the place where he was then.
Other results of the day (second round matches):
Jannik Sinner (5) d. Emil Ruusuvuori 6-2, 6-4
Brandon Nakashima (WC) d. Daniel Evans (6) 7-6 (1), 6-0
Reilly Opelka (8) d. Daniel Elahi Galán 7-6 (1), 6-3
Kei Nishikori d. Alexander Bublik (9) 6-2, 7-5
Denis Kudla d. Taylor Fritz (10) 6-4, 6-2
John Millman (11) d. Elias Ymer (Q) 6-2, 7-6 (8)
Lloyd Harris (14) d. Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 1-0 Ret.