TENNIS ROUNDUP : Patrick McEnroe Will Join Brother in Quarterfinals
Seventh-seeded Patrick McEnroe survived a barrage of 13 aces by Nicolas Pereira of Venezuela for a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory Thursday to join his top-seeded brother, John McEnroe, in the quarterfinals of the Volvo tournament at Chicago.
John McEnroe faces Alexander Mronz of Germany and Patrick McEnroe meets second-seeded Richey Reneberg in today’s quarterfinals.
In another match, Grant Connell upset fourth-seeded Luiz Mattar of Brazil, 6-1, 6-7 (7-3), 6-3. Mattar was the fifth seeded player to be eliminated from the tournament.
Pereira lost his serve in the seventh game of the opening set, and twice went to break point in the 11th game of the second set before holding serve.
In the tiebreaker, McEnroe went ahead, 6-3, before clinching the match with a brilliantly placed passing shot to Pereira’s left.
Connell used 12 aces against Mattar, who was broken in the fourth and sixth games of the first set.
The Brazilian tied the match when he won the second-set tiebreaker but failed to hold serve in the fourth game of that set and vented his frustration by breaking his racket.
Connell closed out the two-hour match with a passing shot near the net.
Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands upset sixth-seeded Andrei Chesnokov of the Soviet Union, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, in the ABN Amro Indoor tournament at Rotterdam, Netherlands.
In other matches, top-seeded Ivan Lendl defeated Nicklas Kulti of Sweden, 6-4, 6-0; Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands beat Magnus Gustafsson of Sweden, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, and Omar Camporese of Italy defeated Alex Antonitsch of Austria, 6-3, 6-4.