In a first-round match between two American qualifiers, 28-year-old Tim Smyczek defeated 18-year-old Tommy Paul, 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, Thursday afternoon at Crandon Park. In the second round, Smyczek will face an old friend for the first time. He’ll play his former roommate and practice partner John Isner, and Smyczek is surprised it has taken them this long to the meet on the court.
“I know his game well, he knows my game well,” Smyczek said of Isner. “Hopefully it will be a good battle.”
Smyczek survived a battle Thursday against the younger Paul, and admitted he was feeling run down by the end of the two hour, 20 minute match.
“He kind of had me on the ropes,” Smyczek said of Paul. “[I was] really lucky to get away with that one.”
Paul came close to joining fellow 18-year-old American Taylor Fritz in the second round, and Smyczek is confident that the two teenagers will be part of the next wave of American tennis players.
“They’ve got a lot of potential,” Smyczek said. “They’re way ahead of schedule with their development. ... They’re gonna be really good players.”