Tommy Paul increased his chances of making the Nitto ATP Finals on Wednesday by tying his previous season high of 39 victories (2022) at the Kinoshita Group Japan Open Tennis Championships.
The American defeated fellow countryman Mackenzie McDonald at the ATP 500 tournament 6-4, 6-2 to go to his sixth hard court quarterfinal of the year and ninth overall.
Throughout the 86-minute match, Paul was effective on serve, winning 21 of 22 points after his initial delivery. Without having to face a break point, the fifth seed displayed his athleticism by triumphing in several lung-busting exchanges in which they both pushed one another from corner to corner.
“We know each other’s games really well,” Paul said. “I have known him since I was 11 years old. Knowing him, I know I have to keep my foot on the gas as if you give him a little bit he takes a lot.”
When Paul faces Ben Shelton in the quarterfinals, his pursuit of his first championship of the year will continue. The 26-year-old sits 515 points behind Rune in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race to Turin’s 12th position.
If Paul’s direct competitors lose in Tokyo early, he might move up to eighth if he wins his second tour-level prize. Jordan Thompson was defeated by Shelton in three sets of 6-7(5), 6-4, and 6-3 to continue his breakout season on the Tour.
Marcos Giron’s Impressive Year and Victory Over Casper Ruud
The American, 21, who advanced to the US Open semifinals in September, is playing in his fourth quarterfinal of the year.
Casper Ruud faces a setback in his ATP Live Race as Marcos Giron secures a 6-3, 6-4 victory, hindering Ruud’s progress in the rankings.
Despite Ruud’s previous lead, Giron’s comeback from a 2-4 deficit positions him for a quarter-final clash with Felix Auger-Aliassime. Giron, known for upsetting Top 10 players, adds another significant win to his record.