Levine, Gouldin & Thompson Tennis Challenger Begins

Published 07/14 2014 04:45PM

Updated 07/14 2014 05:21PM

The opening round of the LG&T Tennis Challenger main draw singles and doubles play began this morning.

A total of nine matches were on slate including a matchup between U.S. players Ryan Shane and Daniel Nguyen.

Nguyen took the first set 6-4 and Shane found himself on the brink of elimination once again in set two, down 5-3. He fought his way to win the point and stay in the match.

Nguyen serving, Shane's backhand is long, game point, set point, match point. Nguyen wins in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.

On to match two on center court, Dennis Nevolo vs. Daniel Smethurst.

1st set, Nevolo up 4-2, Nevolo with the ace to take a 5-2 lead.

Next game, Nevolo serving for the set, he gets it, wins set one 6-3.

Second set, Nevolo up 4-2, at the net, nice backhand down the line, he takes a commanding 5-2 lead.

But Smethurst wasn't done just yet. He fights back from elimination, winning four straight to take a six games to five lead.

Nevolo up 6-3 in the tiebreak, serving for the match, he lands the shot and wins the match 6-3, 7-6.

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