Round 1: Rising Star Dimitrov advances; Bogomolov has continued success on grass courts
Monday, July 5 -- The first round of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships kicked off today, featuring great matches and an enthusiastic crowd of fans enjoying the Fourth of July holiday in Newport.
In the first match on No. 5 Alex Bogomolov, Jr. defeated Mischa Zverev. Bogomolov has had a solid season this year, defeating then world No. 5 Andy Murray in Miami in March and advancing to the third round at Wimbledon. Appropriate for Independence Day, fans threw their support behind young American Donald Young, who advanced to the second round with a win over Paul Capdeville of Chile. Last year's finalist Olivier Rochus defeated Greg Jones. Rochus is one to watch, having advanced to Newport's semi-finals in 2009 and the finals in 2010. The tournament's No. 2 seed and the second youngest player in the world top-100, Grigor Dimitrov, defeated last year's quarter-finalist Brian Dabul. In the closest match of the day, Matthias Bachinger of Germany defeated countryman Dustin Brown, 7-6(7), 6-7(5), 6-1. Qualifying rounds concluded today with Jimmy Wang, Alex Bogdanovic, Michael Yani, and Richard Bloomfield, who was a semi-finalist last year advancing to the Main Draw.