But that opponent was a good friend, fellow American Bobby Reynolds, against whom he’d had little success. The two had met six times in lower-level tournaments, with the 151st-ranked Reynolds winning five, including a “double bagel” _ a 6-0, 6-0 score.
The 24-year-old Smyczek played a five-set match for the first time in his career Monday against Reynolds, though this wasn’t as taxing as it could’ve been because of a rain delay in the middle. Smyczek won 1-6, 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 over 3 hours, 33 minutes. He’ll next face 17th-seeded Kei Nishikori.
Asked how his first five-setter felt, Smyczek laughed and said, “I’ll tell you tomorrow.”
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