Spinosa, a member of the University of San Diego men’s tennis team, got off to a slow start and struggled to find his rhythm in the first set against Riggs, the 19-year-old grandson of former Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs.
"He was playing really well in the first set. He was being very aggressive. I was trying to come in a lot, but he was hitting some ridiculous passing shots and I really couldn’t do much," said Spinosa, who is competing in his first event since playing in USD’s season-ending second round loss to UCLA in the NCAA tournament last month.
As Riggs served for the first set at 5-2, Spinosa stepped up his game and became more aggressive and broke serve. That was the turning point of the match as Spinosa regained the momentum and won four of the next five games to force a tiebreak.
After winning the tiebreak to close out the first set, Spinosa continued to keep the pressure on Riggs, who plays collegiate tennis at Cornell University. The second seed broke serve three times to build a 5-0 second set lead and went on to serve out the match.
"In the second set, I just wanted to come out and keep my foot on the gas pedal," Spinosa said. "I just thought if I get a break and a hold right away….I can just keep rolling."
Spinosa advances to the third round where he will play Gregory Garcia of Poway, Calif. at 10 a.m. (PDT) on Wednesday.
In other second round action, top-seeded Alessandro-Damiano Ventre of Riverside, Calif. defeated Juan Cobas of Santee, Calif. 6-0, 6-0. Ventre, ranked 935 in the ATP World Tour rankings, will face San Diego’s Jason Welborn in a third round match at 9 a.m. (PDT) on Wednesday.
Matches will begin at 9 a.m. (PDT) through the end of the tournament on Sunday, June 10.
The winners of each division will be awarded a USTA gold ball, while the runner-up will be awarded a USTA silver ball. There will also be a 3rd/4th place playoff for the USTA bronze ball. All draws will have consolation events.
Men’s Singles - Second Round Results
Kenneth Sabacinski, Plantation, Fla., def. Lucas Whaley, Carlsbad, 6-1, 6-0
Patrick Guion, Carlsbad, def. John Palacio, El Centro, 6-0, 6-0
Justin Wilson, Moreno Valley, def. James Dao, Laguna Beach, 6-2, 6-2
Zachary Leslie (9), San Diego, def. Colin Foster, Wichita, Kan., 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
Derek Miller (9), San Diego, def. Zachary Northey, Lincoln, Neb., 7-6, 7-6
Quinn Borchard (5), Camarillo, def. Eddie Sengendo-Kimera, San Diego, 6-1, 6-1
Mario Becerra, Pembroke Pines, Fla., def. Erik Grotemeyer, Prunedale, 6-4, 6-0
Casey McMakin, El Cajon, def. Jeff Williams, San Diego, 6-4, 6-3
Kallim Stewart (9), Ojai, def. Eddie Acuna, Rancho Santa Fe, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
Donald Johnson, Rancho Santa Fe, def. Jayner Foronda, San Diego, 6-1, 6-2
Ed Siefken, San Diego, def. Wesley Tahara, Ladera Ranch, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
Campbell Johnson (7), Rancho Santa Fe, def. Robert Ferrante, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. 6-0, 6-3
Trevor Unger, Los Gatos, def. Garrett Stone, San Diego, 6-2, 6-3
Jordan Brown San Diego, def. Joshua Levinson, Las Vegas, Nev., 6-4, 7-5
Jason Welborn, San Diego, def. Timothy Kirkish, La Mesa, 6-0, 6-0
Alessandro Ventre (1), Riverside, def. Juan Cobas, Santee, 6-0, 6-0
Kimo Barrere, Poway, def. Josue Calderon, El Centro, 6-2, 6-0
Jiaqi Duan, Carlsbad, def. Francis Filipovich, San Diego, 6-4, 6-1
Axel Bouillin (8), San Diego, def. Jack Barber La Jolla, WD (inj.)
Conrad McKinnon, Santa Monica, def. James McAvoy, Hinsdale, Ill., 6-1, 6-3
Tyler Hansen, Poway, def. Sean Ortuno, San Diego, 6-1, 6-1
Jonathan Pearlman (4), New York, N.Y., def. Dylan Trent, Poway, 6-3, 6-0
Sergio Chip (9), Calexico, def. Rodrigo Santibanez Luna, Tucson, Ariz., 6-4, 6-3
Deiton Baughman (9), Carson, def. Ryan Rosen, La Jolla, 6-1, 6-1
Denis Nguyen (9), Anaheim, def. Addison Appleby, La Jolla, 6-1, Ret. (inj.)
Gregory Garcia, Poway, def. Joseph Van Meter, Indianapolis, Ind., 7-5, 7-5
Clarke Spinosa (2), Claremont, def. Danny Riggs, Pompano Beach, Fla., 7-6, 6-0
Geoffrey Embry (9), Phoenix, Ariz., def. Chris Bryan, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Daniel Faierman, Del Mar, def. Emmanuel Corvera, San Diego, 6-0, 6-3