Twenty-year-old Jenson Brooksby avenged a recent tournament final defeat by ousting South African tour veteran Kevin Anderson in straight sets Monday, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the first round at the Citi Open in Washington.
Brooksby, a Sacramento native, hit only one ace in the match that lasted nearly two hours, but he fought off a player 15 years his senior in a gritty effort. He staved off a set point for Anderson while serving at 5-6, then finished the first-set tiebreaker by winning the final six points.
Anderson beat Brooksby in the title match at Newport, R.I., two weeks ago.
In other opening-round action, Japan's Kei Nishikori moved on from his quarterfinal loss to Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the Tokyo Olympics by rolling past Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-3. Nishikori, the 2015 Citi Open champion, advanced in 86 minutes.
A pair of Americans also earned victories. Marcos Giron prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1) over Ukraine's Illya Marchenko. Jack Sock, who lost the opening set 7-6 (3), advanced when Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka was forced to retire because of a calf ailment while trailing 4-0 in the second set.
Other Monday winners were Italian Andreas Seppi, Colombia's Daniel Elahi Galan, Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, Ilya Ivashka of Belarus and Canadian Vasek Pospisil.
--Field Level Media