“Tuesday’s first-round U.S. Open juniors match for Rockville Centre’s Noah Rubin looked easy: 6-3, 6-0 over fellow 17-year-old Hannes Wagner of Germany. “What was going on in my head was not as easy as on the court,” Rubin assured.
But Rubin’s coach, Lawrence Kleger, was comfortable enough with the performance. “Returned exceptionally well,” Kleger said. “Off the ground, he was really, really solid. Serve was really good at times; he didn’t get broken.
“I liked his presence.”
Rubin broke Wagner’s serve in the first game of the match and never looked back, not allowing a single break-point opportunity in dispatching Wagner in 55 minutes.
“He’s very athletic,” Kleger said of Rubin, a 5-91/2 high school senior. “We’re just waiting for him to grow.”
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