On Wednesday, the first games of the second round of the ATP 250 competition were held on hard courts in Delray Beach. There were no big surprises, and the highlight of the day was the success of Tommy Ball.

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Tommy Paul

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On Wednesday, fourth seed Tommy Paul faced Denis Istomin. The experienced Uzbek made it to the main class through eliminations, but in the second round of the 2022 Delray Beach Open he did not match the highest-ranked American.

Paul definitely won 6-2, 6-0 in just one hour. Things went really fast, and the fencing decoration was a difficult backhand demonstrated by the host’s representative in the second set (see video below). He will definitely be one of the candidates for the overall play.

Paul Stefan Kozlov will fight for a place in the semi-finals on Friday. The 24-year-old was a promising junior but couldn’t break through the men’s tour and has yet to make it into the top 100 in the world rankings. The American reached the second quarter-final of the ATP Tour on Wednesday (the first in 2016 in Den Bosch), defeating compatriot Steve Johnson 6-1, 6-3. Kozlov and Paul have not played together in the main series yet.

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Cameron Norrie won the first game in Florida on Wednesday. Britain’s top seed defeated German Oscar Ott 6:3, 7:5. Sebastian Korda will stand his way to the semi-finals on Friday. The American defeated the veteran Italian Andreas Seppi 7: 5, 6: 3, improving the match balance with the Italian delegate to 3-0.

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Nouri will have a chance for a second match, because he lost to Korda in Delray Beach last year, and a few weeks ago he did not meet the American at the 2022 Australian Open. – I hope I can make gains. He is a rising tennis star, who can hit the ball cleanly from both sides. I look forward to our match. The Briton said in a post-match interview (quote from atptour.com), that the beauty of the sport soon had another chance to play in it.

Delray Open Beach, Delray Beach (USA)
ATP 250, hard court, total prize money of 593.8 thousand. dollar
Wednesday 16 February

Second round of singles:

Cameron Norrie (GB1) beat Oscar Otti (Germany) 6-3, 7-5
Sebastian Korda (USA, 5) beat Andreas Seppi (Italy) 7-5, 6-3
Tommy Paul (USA, 4/WC) vs Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan, Q) 6-2, 6-0
Stefan Kozloff (USA, Q) – Steve Johnson (USA) 6:1, 6:3

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