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Surprises were at a minimum in other Tuesday matches. Fifth-seed Yen-Hsun Lu had a fight on his hands but defeated Kevin King in his first ATP World Tour main draw match. A local product of metro Atlanta, King played at Georgia Tech, less than a tennis ball’s throw away from Atlantic Station.
In doubles, the winners were the top-seeded team of Ivan Dodig and Marcel Melo (fresh off a Wimbledon final) defeated the brother combo of Ryan and Christian Harrison 6-3, 6-1. Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram battled Yen-Hsun Lu and Marinko Matosevic in a late-night contest. Stalled at one set all, the match resumed after a long rain delay with Erlich/Ram taking the deciding match tiebreak [10-4].
Evgeny Donskoy, seeded eighth, eliminated Rajeev Ram 6-3, 6-4. The Russian converted two of four break points.
Santiago Giraldo easily dominated Jack Sock 7-5, 6-4. Sock had appeared in the BroDown Showdown on Monday night, an exhibition of three sets of brothers and two former Georgia Tech students. Sock played with his older brother, Eric.
From the short to the long was the story of two of the remaining early singles matches. Denis Istomin dispatched Lukas Lacko in only 51 minutes 6-1, 6-3. However, it took nearly two hours and 15 minutes for Ricardas Berankis to defeat Mischa Zverev 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(8).