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|Alex Bogomolov Jr.
||6-3, 2-6, 6-2
The afternoon session on Day 3 of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships featured four American contenders in action. In Wednesday's opening match, Michael Russell defeated Tim Smyczek in straight sets, surviving in a second-set tiebreak.
Both players would squander four break point chances, but it was Russell's ability to exploit Smyczek's second serve that proved the biggest difference in the end.
In the second showdown, Donald Young was blasted off the court by qualifier Denis Kudla, who broke Young five times and won 62 of 96 total points. The match would last just one hour.
The result was awfully surprising considering Young had beaten Kudla in each of their previous five meetings.
The third match of the day saw American Jack Sock take down Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in a short affair that lasted just north of an hour. It was an impressive showing from Sock to say the least, who is the youngest American in the in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.
After the quick rout, the next match was a longer affair that saw Russia's Alex Bogomolov Jr. move past America's Ryan Harrison in a little under two hours:
As USA Today's Douglas Robson hints above, Bogomolov Jr. is on quite the impressive run. He kept his strong form alive against Harrison by saving 9-of-12 break points and cashing on on 4-of-7 chances of his own.
Bogomolov Jr.'s next test is not as simple, as he has a date with the tournament's No. 1 seed.
Kei Nishikori of Japan, the No. 1 seed and defending champ, took down Germany's Benjamin Becker in his opening match.
Nishikori shook off some apparent rust in the early goings, as his serve was erratic and he was surprisingly broke twice after going up 3-1 initially. After the slight disappointment to start, Nishikori regained form and breezed through the rest of the match to set up a bout with Bogomolov Jr. in the next round.