Ireland’s Favorite Tennis Superstar Advances to Quarters

McGee saves set points to win in straight sets

James McGee, Ireland’s top ranked ATP player has advanced to the Quarterfinal round in his second appearance at the Tiburon Challenger. Battling through the shadows, McGee “played one point at a time” as he saved set points to beat Thompson 7-6, 6-3 yesterday. Reflecting on the win, he said “I kind of took the wind out of his sails after winning the tie-break 7-0.”

In the Quarterfinal round tomorrow, he faces Sam Querrey who is fresh off two Challenger victories (Napa/Sacremento). McGee will “decide tactics depending on the conditions of the day… but will want to play the exact same as [he] has been playing.”

McGee also spoke highly of the location and the event. He said he “loves playing here [Tiburon], it’s unreal. Of all the Challengers I’ve played it is up there with one of the best…. there is very little to complain about when the sun is shining and the scenery and the people… it’s A class.”
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