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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday February 10, 2022


The stars and stripes are coming out of the woodwork at the Dallas Open, where five Americans are into the last eight.

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Yesterday it was Taylor Fritz, Marcos Giron and John Isner who booked their spots. On Thursday it was Jenson Brooksby and Reilly Opelka’s turn. Both took care of business.

21-year-old Brooksby made his ATP-level 2022 debut, defeating Italian veteran Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to book a clash with Australia’s Jordan Thompson.

The 54th-ranked American is seeded for the first time at an ATP event, and is playing just his sixth event at tour level. Last year he broke out in a big way, reaching semifinals at Newport, Washington, D.C. and Antwerp. Then there was the round of 16 performance at the US Open, where Brooksby took a set off of Novak Djokovic before bowing out in four.

Brooksby had to fight hard with the savvy Italian.

"It felt pretty good. A little nervous in my first [tour-level] match of the year," he said, according to ATPWorldTour.com. "I competed well. As an American in the U.S., it was a great crowd. I missed that atmosphere for a few months."

Reilly Opelka crushed 28 aces to topple Germany’s Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, 7-6(3), 7-6(8). There wasn’t a single break point in the match, and Opelka saved a pair of set points in the second set tiebreak to get through.

Vasek Pospisil was also a winner on Thursday, knocking off Jurij Rodionov, 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 6-2.

 

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