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Frances Tiafoe out of U.S. Davis Cup team after run at U.S. Open Sorribes Tormo beats 2nd-seeded Trevisan at Parma Open Nakashima takes first ATP Tour title at San Diego

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NEW YORK. US Open semi-finalist Frances Tiafoe has been eliminated from the US team, which will play next week’s Davis Cup group stage matches in Glasgow, Scotland.

The US Tennis Association announced Tiafoe’s departure.

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Tiafoe, a 24-year-old Maryland native who finished 22nd at the Flushing Meadows, became the first American to reach the semi-finals of the US Open since Andy Roddick finished second in the tournament in 2006.

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Roddick was the last person from the country to win any Grand Slam when he earned the trophy in New York three years prior.

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Tiafoe’s streak ended with a five-set loss to No. 3 seed Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old Spaniard. In Sunday’s final, Alcaraz will face number 7 seeded Kasper Ruud of Norway, the winner of whom will take his first Grand Slam title and climb to the top spot in the ATP rankings for the first time.

Winning the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium with his superb performance and unbridled enthusiasm, Tiafoe reached the second major quarter-final of his career, eliminating Rafael Nadal in the fourth round in New York, ending the 22-time Slam champion’s 22-match major tournament unbeaten streak. .

Tiafoe then defeated No. 9 seed Andrey Rublev to advance to the semi-finals.

“Obviously throughout my career, I’ve been quite sporadically (in) playing well, (then) deviating for a while,” Tiafoe said. “I have always supported myself against the best players in the world. I do this on a regular basis, starting to beat the guys more readily. Ready to take the next step.”

The USTA said Tiafoe will not be replaced on the Davis Cup roster for the Americans, who start against Great Britain on Wednesday. Other US players are Taylor Fritz, Tommy Paul, Jack Sock and Rajiv Ram.

US Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish will miss a trip to Scotland because he contracted COVID-19 and Bob Bryan will replace him as acting captain. Brian was a member of the US team that won the Davis Cup in 2007.

The British team is expected to include three-time champion Andy Murray and Dan Evans, who is 23rd this week.

Group stage matches of the Davis Cup will also be held in Bologna, Italy; Valencia, Spain; and Hamburg, Germany from Tuesday to 18 September.

The top two teams from each group advance to the Davis Cup Final in Malaga, Spain, November 22-27.

PARMA, Italy. Sara Sorribes Tormo beat second-place Martina Trevisan 7-5, 6-0 in the first round of the Parma Ladies Open, marking the third straight first round loss for the French Open semi-finalist this year.

Third seed Irina-Kamelia Begu took the lead when Victoria Tomova retired with Begu leading 7-5, 5-1.

Danka Kovinic defeated Ocean Dodin 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 and will next face 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stevens.

Also on the red clay courts, Egypt’s Mayar Sheriff knocked out fifth-seeded Anna Bondar, 7-5, 6-4; Elisabetta Cocciaretto defeated No. 7 Nuria Parrisas Diaz 7-5, 6-1; and Italian wild card Matilda Paoletti earned her first tour-level win by defeating Romanian Gabriela Li 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

SAN DIEGO — Brandon Nakashima earned his first ATP Tour victory in his hometown by defeating friend and fellow Southern Californian Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-4 in the San Diego Open final.

“It’s super special that you dream of, but having it happen in my hometown with all my friends and family is a moment I’ll never forget,” said Nakashima, who has competed twice in the finals. “Hopefully there are many more moments like this ahead.”

Nakashima, a 21-year-old who grew up in San Diego and trained extensively at the venue as a junior, won the first set in just 30 minutes. The second set, filled with long draws, lasted almost an hour.

Chiron, the No. 5 seed and former NCAA title holder from UCLA, was unable to fend off Nakashima’s persistent ground shots and accurate pitches. Nakashima had eight aces, six in the first set.

Serving 5-4 in the second set, Nakashima scored two game-deciding points when Chiron landed a light volley into the net, followed by Nakashima’s ace on the second serve.

He earned $93,090, about half of what he earned for reaching the third round of the US Open in early September.

Nakashima, ranked 69th on the ATP Tour, rose to 48th, his highest ranking in almost three years of the tour. Despite the loss, Chiron went from 58 to 53.

Not only did an American take the singles title, but the doubles title also went to an American duo as second seeded Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Whitrow defeated Aussies Jason Kubler and Luke Saville 7-6(5), 6-2.

The $612,000 event took place at the Barnes Tennis Center, where the $757,900 WTA 500 Open San Diego Open will take place October 8-16. 1 Igoy Svyatek.



Source: sports.nbcsports.com

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