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April 2, 2023

Nordic Naturals Challenger defending champ Thanasi Kokkinakis eliminated

The 32nd annual Nordic Naturals Challenger will have a new champion this year after defending champ Thanasi Kokkinakis was dethroned on Wednesday.

Egor Gerasimov of Belarus, the No. 6 seed, defeated Kokkinakis of Australia, 7-6, 6-4, in the Round of 32 at Seascape Sports Club.

Kokkinakis, ranked No. 171 in the ATP World rankings, came into the tourney unseeded. 

No. 1 seed Damir Dzumhur, a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Davis Cup team, defeated American qualifier Keegan Smith, 6-4, 6-4.

American Steve Johnson, the No. 2 seed and ranked No. 93 in the ATP World rankings, got past Ecuadorian Roberto Quiroz, 6-1, 6-2.

Other notable wins include 23-year-old Ernesto Escobedo out of Los Angeles  eliminating No. 11 seed and fellow American Mitchell Krueger, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2.

Lukas Lacko, a 31-year-old of Slovakia, edged American Christopher Eubanks, the No. 13 seed, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5).

Great Britain’s Liam Broady, a 2017 Nordic Naturals finalist, eliminated No. 14 seed Ramkumar Ramanathan of India, 7-6, 6-4, while Ecuadorian Emilio Gomez, the No. 12 seed, slipped past Akira Santillan, a Japanese-born Australian, 7-6, 7-5.

In doubles action, No. 4 seed Jamie Cerretani of the United States and Jonathan Erlich of Israel defeated Americans Maxime Cressy and Keegan Smith, 6-3, 6-1, in the Round of 16. 

No. 1 seed Marcelo Arevalo of El Salvador and Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela of Mexico are moving on to the semifinals after getting past Andre Goransson of Sweden and American Hunter Reese, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

The action continues today at 10 a.m. beginning with No. 3 seed Taro Daniel of Japan taking American Michael Redlicki at Center Court.


Wednesday’s results

Singles; Round of 32

No. 1 Damir Dzumhur def. Keegan Smith, 6-4, 6-4

No. 2 Steve Johnson d. Roberto Quiroz, 6-1, 6-2

No. 5 Bjorn Fratangelo def. Jannik Sinner, 7-6 (6), 6-3

No. 6 Egor Gerasimov def. Thanasi Kokkinakis, 7-6, 6-4

Ernesto Escobedo def. No. 11 Mitchell Krueger, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2

No. 12 Emilio Gomez def. Akira Santillan, 7-6, 7-5

Lukas Lacko def. No. 13 Christopher Eubanks, 7-6, 7-6

Liam Broady def. No. 14 Ramkumar Ramanathan, 7-6, 6-4




No. 1 Marcelo Arevalo/Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela def. Andre Goransson/Hunter Reese, 7-6 (4), 6-3

Evan Hoyt/Bernardo Saraiva def. Egor Gerasimov/Zhe Li, 6-3, 4-6, 11-9

Round of 16

Ruben Bemelmans/Robert Lindstedt d. Alejandro Gomez/Junior A. Ore, 6-7, 6-3, 10-7

Nathaniel Lammons/Alex Lawson d. JC Aragone/Brandon Holt,  6-4, 6-7, 10-7

No. 4 Jamie Cerretani/Jonathan Erlich def. Maxime Cressy/Keegan Smith, 6-3, 6-1


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