Dimitrov, Young both advance in Newport
The first round of the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships kicked off on July 4, featuring great matches and an enthusiastic crowd of fans enjoying the Fourth of July holiday in Newport.
In the first match, No. 5 Alex Bogomolov Jr. defeated Mischa Zverev. Bogomolov has had a solid season this year, defeating former world No. 5 Andy Murray in Miami in March and advancing to the third round at Wimbledon.
Appropriate for Independence Day, fans threw their support behind young American Donald Young, who advanced to the second round with a win over Paul Capdeville of Chile.
Last year’s finalist Olivier Rochus defeated Greg Jones. Rochus has advanced to Newport’s semifi- nals in 2009 and the finals in 2010.
The tournament’s No. 2 seed and the second youngest player in the world top-100, Grigor Dimitrov, defeated last year’s quarterfi nalist Brian Dabul. In the closest match of the day, Matthias Bachinger of Germany defeated countryman Dustin Brown, 7-6(7), 6-7(5), 6-1.
Qualifying rounds concluded with Jimmy Wang, Alex Bogdanovic, Michael Yani, and Richard Bloomfield, who was a semi-finalist last year, advancing to the Main Draw.