Tennis - Thompson defeats hometown hope Rubin at New York Open

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Second Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 16, 2019. Australia's Jordan Thompson in action during the match against Italy's Andreas Seppi. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Second Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 16, 2019. Australia's Jordan Thompson in action during the match against Italy's Andreas Seppi. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

(Reuters) - Australian Jordan Thompson put an end to local hope Noah Rubin's chances at the New York Open on Monday with a 6-7(7) 7-5 6-1 first-round victory after the Nassau County native was bothered by a sore shoulder late in the match.

In a battle of baseline specialists it was Rubin who was the sharper at the outset, grinding out a tight first set before errors began to pile up in the second.

The 22-year-old had his shoulder looked at by a trainer during a medical time out prior to the third set but his accuracy never returned as Thompson overwhelmed him with a booming first serve and relentless counterpunching.

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Next up for Sydney native Thompson is a second-round tie against Spaniard Adrian Menendez Maceiras or American Christopher Eubanks, who play their first round match on Tuesday.

Rubin was not the only American to make a first-round exit on Monday with eighth seed Tennys Sandgren losing out to Italian Paolo Lorenzi 7-6(4) 6-7(4) 6-4 at the tournament, which is played on indoor hard courts at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.


(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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