World no. 94 Bradley Klahn has scored only the second triumph in 2019 on the ATP Tour, beating Marius Copil 7-6, 7-5 in an hour and 28 minutes. The American delivered a similar performance on both the first and second serve, dropping 12 points in his games and never facing a break point.
On the other hand, he created two break chances and converted one in set number two that propelled him through, happy with the way he performed in Atlanta opener. Copil saved a set point at 5-6 in the first set to reach a tie break that Klahn won 7-3 with two mini-breaks, taking the last three games in set number two to advance into the last 16.
Cameron Norrie is still seeking the first notable result after Acapulco and it might come here in Atlanta, beating the 7th seed Jordan Thompson 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 in a grueling two hours and 27 minutes. There were 23 break points up for grabs and the Briton saved six out of 11, delivering the same five break on the other side, three in the decider which made all the difference.
Thompson wasted a 3-0 advantage in the opener and four set points in games ten and 12, losing the momentum and allowing Cameron to take a tie break 7-3. The Aussie squandered a lead in set number two as well but this time he knew how to fix the error, breaking again in game nine and closing the set a few minutes later to set up a decider.
There, they traded five breaks in the first six games, three of those for Norrie who fended off a break point in game nine to cross the finish line and make a winning start. The 19-year-old Alexei Popyrin claimed the seventh ATP win in 2019, toppling Denis Kudla 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 28 minutes, serving well and breaking the American once in each set to secure the place in the second round.