Three Unseeded Players Reach 18s Quarterfinals at USTA Nationals, Top Seeds Brymer and Rubin Survive Tough Tests

Photo Credit: | JMTA's Noah Rubin

Photo Credit: | JMTA’s Noah Rubin

…”An unseeded semifinalist is assured with Johnson playing Altamirano in Friday’s quarterfinal match. Altamirano defeated No. 32 seed Quentin Monaghan 6-1, 6-1.  Staggs’ opponent is No. 2 seed Noah Rubin, who trailed No. 15 seed Ronnie Schneider 6-3, 4-4 when the rain postponed their match Wednesday.  Schneider won that game, but Rubin held and then broke Schneider for a 6-5 lead. The long rallies in that game, one of which must have lasted 40 strokes, were not as prevalent on Wednesday, with Rubin admitting he was not sharp.

“It’s Kalamazoo and we’re here for the wild card and sometimes that can get in your head,” said Rubin, who went on to win the match 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. “I came out a little jittery, a little anxious, and Ronnie’s not a bad player at all, as we all know, and if you’re even the slightest level down, he will take advantage of it, which he did.”

Rubin was down 3-0 in the third set after two costly double faults contributed to his being broken in the second game, but Schneider couldn’t close out a service game in which he led 40-0, which put Rubin back on serve at 2-3, instead of trailing 1-4.  Last year in the quarterfinals of the ITF Grade 1 in Carson, California, Rubin trailed Schneider 4-1 in the third set and won the final five games, but he wasn’t quite as confident in this situation.

“That was a crucial break at 3-1,” Rubin said. “I’m sure if I’d lost that, it would have been a tough one to come back from.”

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