Third seed Marcos Giron and seventh seed James Duckworth booked the first two quarterfinals offered at the San Diego Open with a pair of wins on Wednesday. Wimbledon’s doubles partners are now set to meet on Friday in what will be their first ATP Head2Head meeting.
Dressed in an all-black uniform with a sleeveless shirt, Giron took a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Argentina’s Tomas Martin Etcheverry to end the day on the stadium pitch of the Barnes Tennis Center. Australian Duckworth previously scored a 6-3, 7-6(4) result on the Tribune against American Mitchell Krueger.
“Tomas is a great player. He is in the Top 100 for a reason,” said Giron, who has lived in San Diego for five years. “It’s tough, slow conditions and it’s physical. I’m really happy with the win and I’m pumped to keep moving forward.”
Giron, who plays in his native California, will attempt his second touring-level quarterfinal of 2022 (Dallas) and the third of his career against Duckworth. The American broke into the Top 50 of the Pepperstone ATP rankings in May, reaching a career high of number 49 after reaching the third round of Rome a lucky loser.
According to the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings, he could rise as high as number 43 by winning his first TAUT title this week.
The San Diego opening round ended with four games on Wednesday. Sixth seed Alejandro Tabilo scored a 7-5, 6-2 win against American Steve Johnson, while Christopher O’Connell pushed past fellow Aussie Jason Kubler thanks to a retirement after the pair split.
For Giron, Mackenzie McDonald took Team USA’s first singles win with a 6-0, 6-2 decision against Henri Laaksonen on the showfield. Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia defeated Marc-Andrea Huesler – a surprise finalist in Winston-Salem in August – 6-3, 7-5 in the stands.
In doubles, top seed Santiago Gonzalez and Andres Molteni scored a 6-3, 7-5 win against Americans Evan King and Denis Kudla, while third seed Nicolas Barrientos and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela survived a Match Tie-break to defeat Keegan Smith and Sem Verbeek 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 10-7.