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July 18, 2013

Chappell springs first-round upset

Texas Christian University’s Nick Chappell survived a first-set loss to upset No. 3 seed Eric Quigley 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 during the first round of the USTA Freeman $10,000 Men’s Futures tennis tournament on Wednesday at the Millennium Tennis and Fitness Club.

Chappell, who was the 2012 Mountain West Freshman of the Year for TCU, entered the tournament ranked only 1,199th. However, he was able to finish the comeback on Quigley, who is ranked 515th in the world and entered the Joplin tournament as the top-rated American.

Quigley was the 2012 NCAA singles runner-up at the University of Kentucky and earned five All-America honors between singles and doubles.

Chappell advances to face Israel’s Dekel Bar in the second round at 11 a.m. today.

Quigley was one of the three top-eight seeds who were defeated in singles competition Wednesday.

Jared Donaldson defeated fifth-seeded Alexios Halebian 6-2, 6-4. Halebian, who was No. 24 in the ITF World Junior rankings in 2012, entered the tournament ranked 853rd. Donaldson was 1,081st.

Australia’s Clifford Marsland topped eighth-seeded Evan Song 6-4, 6-4.

Darian King, who is the tournament’s top seed and finished second at Joplin last year, beat Australia’s Leon Frost 7-5, 6-0. Second-seeded Daniel Garza held off Connor Farren 6-4, 0-6, 6-4. Sixth-seeded Alex Blumenberg fought back to beat Kyle McMorrow 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Top-seeded doubles team Garza and Roberto Maytin defeated Farren and Andrew Korinek 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals today against Donaldson and Fares Ghasya.

Bar and Frost will face Chappell and King in the other doubles semifinal. The semifinal matches are scheduled to start no sooner than 3 p.m.

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