SAN DIEGO — No. 8 seed JJ Wolf beat compatriot Stefan Kozlov 6-2, 7-6 (6) in the first round of the San Diego Open ATP 250 after the third round of the US Open.
They faced each other seven times in the Challenger and Futures events, but this was their first meeting at the tour level.
“I’ve never been seeded in an ATP tournament before, so I should feel good,” said the 23-year-old Wolf, who stunned 18th-place Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut earlier this month in straight sets at The Open. USA. “I guess I’m still getting used to night matches. They are so special. I think I remember everyone I played with at night just because of the environment. Everyone is relaxed and having a good time, so I went out in a good mood.”
Seventh-placed James Duckworth had an All-Australian battle against Alexei Popyrin, winning 7–5, 4–6, 6–1 to end a 2-hour, 17-minute match that he ended with his 14th ace of the day. The 30-year-old improved his record to 2-0 against Popyrin, also winning last year’s ATP Masters 1000 Paris Round of 16.
Frenchman Constant Lestien held on to defeat former USC standout Brandon Holt 5–7, 7–6(5), 6–3 in 2:42. Holt is the son of Hall of Famer Tracy Austin, who watched from the side of the court.
Thomas Martin Etcheverry won 7-6 (6), 6-3 over compatriot Facundo Mena.
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