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This is Wednesday's Tennis Recap

On a hot and long day of tennis in Newport, five of the eight seeded players advanced to the quarterfinals of the Infosys Hall of Fame Open with the final match of the day suspended due to darkness by the ATP Tour. Off the courts, Wednesday was Sustainability Day at the Infosys Hall of Fame Open, which highlighted efforts help educate and encourage fans to make personal behavior changes for the ocean by composting, recycling, and eliminating single-use plastics. The tournament’s efforts are supported by 11th Hour Racing, Official Sustainability Sponsor.

In the last match of the day on stadium court, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Jason Kubler battled to a 6-4, 3-6, 6-5 score before the match was postponed due to darkness. Kubler, a Wimbledon round of 16 standout, pushed Auger-Aliassime to deuce in the final set before the match was halted after two hours and 36 minutes. The final set will resume following the first match but not before 1 p.m. on stadium court on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Andy Murray completed a comeback in his three-set victory over Australia’s Max Purcell, improving his singles record on grass this season to 7-2. After dropping the first set 4-6 to the current Wimbledon doubles champ, Murray rallied to quick 6-2, 6-1 win in the final two sets.

Murray will next face No. 3 seed Alexander Bublik in the quarterfinals on Friday. The two will meet for the fourth time this year, most recently on the grass in Stuttgart where Murray won in straight sets.

In the opening match of the day, Bublik defeated American Jack Sock. Bublik fired 22 aces in the 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win.

Four-time champion John Isner, who recently broke the ATP Tour’s all-time ace record, added 22 to his career total in a 7-5, 6-4 win over Peter Gojowczyk. Isner extends his winning streak in Newport to nine matches, having won the title in his last two Infosys Hall of Fame Open appearances in 2019 and 2017.

No. 4 seed Maxime Cressy and No. 5 seed Benjamin Bonzi also prevailed in their opening matches in Newport in straight sets. Cressy surrendered only nine points off his serve in his 6-3, 6-4 win over qualifier Mitchell Krueger, while Bonzi defeated qualifier Chris Eubanks 6-4, 7-6 (7-5).

Steve Johnson advanced to the fourth Newport quarterfinal of his career in a walkover over No. 7 seed Jiri Vesely, who withdrew due to injury.

Thursday tennis starts at 11 am on stadium court, with 2018 Newport champion Steve Johnson versus No. 4 seed Cressy. The conclusion of Auger-Aliassime vs. Kubler will follow, scheduled for not before 1 p.m. (to allow for suitable rest). Next up, No. 5 seed Bonzi will face four-time Newport champion John Isner.

The quarterfinals of the doubles draw will all occur on Thursday as well, across stadium court and court 2. A popcorn doubles match is scheduled for stadium court, featuring recently crowned Wimbledon doubles champion Max Purcell and fellow grass court standout Tim van Rijthoven vs. Americans Steve Johnson and Will Blumberg – who won the 2021 Newport doubles title with Jack Sock.

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