Wild card Christopher Eubanks scored a major upset on Tuesday at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, R.I., downing fellow American and fifth seed Steve Johnson 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5) to reach the second round.
Eubanks was broken in his first service game and trailed 3-0 before rallying to force a tiebreaker, then staved off four set points before claiming the set on his second chance. In the second set, he again fell down a break but recovered, then clinched on his second match point.
Ranked 188th in the world, Eubanks finished with 15 aces to just one for Johnson, who had five double faults.
Eighth seed Bradley Klahn also lost to a fellow American, falling 6-4, 7-6 (5) to Denis Kudla.
The only other seed in action, No. 7 Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan, outlasted Australian qualifier Alex Bolt 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (4).
Fifth-seeded Nicolas Jarry of Chile ground out a 7-6 (1), 7-5 victory over Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen in the first round at Bastad, Sweden.
Jarry fell down a break early but rallied to force and win a tiebreaker. In the second set, he recovered from two squandered match points and a late break to clinch victory.
Sixth-seeded Juan Ignacio Londero and eighth-seeded Joao Sousa each advanced in straight sets. Ignacio Londero beat fellow Argentinian Facundo Arguello 6-3, 6-2, while the Portuguese Sousa handled Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik 7-6 (3), 6-4.
Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina had the upset of the day, taking down seventh-seeded Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-2.
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Sixth-seeded Serbian Filip Krajinovic survived Japan’s Taro Daniel 7-5, 7-6 (4) to advance to the second round in Umag, Croatia.
Krajinovic was broken in his first service game and trailed 3-0, but he fought off a set point while down 5-3 and then broke twice in a row, winning the last five games to clinch the set. He also trailed 3-1 in the second-set tiebreaker before winning the final four points.
In other seeded action, Argentine Facundo Bagnis upset seventh-seeded Slovakian Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, while eighth-seeded Argentine Leonardo Mayer dispatched Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-1, 7-5.
—Field Level Media