Tiafoe falls in ATP debut

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 28, 2014 at 11:37 pm •  Published: July 28, 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Francis Tiafoe lost his ATP tour debut while fellow Americans Robby Ginepri and Donald Young won their opening-round matches at the Citi Open on Monday.

Russia's Evgeny Donskoy defeated Tiafoe, the world's seventh-ranked junior player and a D.C.-area native, 6-4, 6-4.

Top-seeded Tomas Berdych will face Ginepri, who advanced to the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Alejandro Falla of Colombia 6-4, 6-2. Young beat Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

American Shelby Rogers upset No. 3 seed Alize Cornet of France 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the WTA draw. No. 7 Madison Keys lost in straight sets while Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia, the sixth seed, won 6-3, 6-2 over Slovenia's Polona Hercog.

Tiafoe trains at the tennis center in the Maryland suburbs where his father once worked as a maintenance man and the family occasionally lived. This year the 6-foot-1 slugger played boys' singles at the French Open, where he was the top seed, and at Wimbledon.

Donskoy, ranked 111 on the ATP tour, fended off enough forehand winners from Tiafoe and possible momentum-altering roars from the partisan crowd to break the local favorite twice in the final set.

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