Unsung qualifier upsets No. 7 seed
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) _ Unheralded Bryan Shelton and Jerome Golmard turned the night session of the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic into a nightmare for seeded players Monday.
Shelton upset No. 7 MaliVai Washington 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, and Golmard stung defending champion Wayne Ferreria, the No. 2 seed, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
In afternoon play at the ATP’s first outdoor tournament of the season in North America, Carlos Moya of Spain, No. 3, became the only seeded player to advance when he outlasted Mikael Tillstrom of Sweden 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).
Mark Philippoussis of Australia defeated German Tommy Haas, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and Hernan Gumy of Argentina beat Magnus Larsson of Sweden, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Shelton, 31, second-oldest player in the 32-man field, lost to Jeff Tarango in a qualifier Sunday and became the lucky loser _ the highest-ranked player to lose in the final qualifying round _ for the first time in his career.
Shelton was qualifying in doubles Monday when he learned he would replace injured Patrick McEnroe in singles. He didn’t know his opponent was his long-time friend until five minutes before the match.
Washington won the first set handily, but his left kneecap, inflamed Feb. 7 during Davis Cup play, tightened and he was couldn’t finish it in the second after breaking Shelton to take a 5-4 lead. Shelton broke back, held service, and won the decisive set by breaking Washington again.
It was Washington’s second first-round exit in as many tournaments since his injury.
Golmard, a Frenchman ranked 125th worldwide to Ferreira’s No. 9, broke the South African in the first and seventh games of the third set.
Moya, ranked No. 10 in the world, prevailed by winning the last three points in the tiebreaker, starting when Tillstrom double-faulted for the second time in the tiebreaker and eighth time in the match.
That made it 5-2, and Moya hung on to even his lifetime record with the Swede at 1-1.
One of a record six Spaniards in the singles main draw, Moya sprained his right ankle in the seventh game of the second set. After it was taped, he broke Tillstrom for the second straight time and won the set.
Philippoussis, who reached his first tour final as an 18-year-old two years ago in Scottsdale, hit a 139 mph serve in the third set, matching a tour-best speed reached by Greg Rusedski last month in the Sybase Open.