James Duckworth has defeated fellow Australian Alexei Popyrin in the opening round at an ATP 250 tournament in San Diego.
San Diego, USA
James Duckworth has scored a three-set win against compatriot Alexei Popyrin in the first round at an ATP 250 tournament in San Diego.
The seventh-seeded Duckworth posted a 7-5 4-6 6-1 victory, firing 14 aces and winning 85 per cent of first serve points in the two-hour and 19-minute encounter.
It is the world No.83’s third consecutive win against a fellow Australian, having also beaten Thanasi Kokkinakis and Chris O’Connell in the past month.
Duckworth next faces an American qualifier, either Christopher Eubanks or Mitchell Krueger, in the second round.
Another all-Australian showdown is scheduled in San Diego, with O’Connell and Jason Kubler also set to meet in…