SEASCAPE -- Recent Stanford graduate Bradley Klahn entered the 25th Comerica Bank Challenger as a wild-card player.
He wasn't expected to do much, especially considering his first-round opponent was No. 2 seed Igor Andreev of Russia.
But Kahn didn't give an inch Monday in their match. He upset Andreev -- the United States Tennis Association's 2008 Comeback Player of the Year -- 7-6 3, 6-4 on Monday afternoon at Seascape Sports Club in Aptos.
"I thought I played a really solid match from start to finish," Klahn said. "[Andreev's] records and credentials speak for themselves. I knew coming in he was going to be a tough player. He's very experienced and has been at the top."
The 21-year-old Klahn had some nice credentials of his own. He was the NCAA champion his sophomore year and was named All-American in both singles and doubles in multiple seasons.
Andreev entered Monday's match ranked No. 95 in the world, according to the USTA. Andreev was ranked as high as No. 18 back in 2008.
"There's always nerves in general with a first-round match," Klahn said. "Playing tonight against one of the top guys, maybe I was a little more nervous, but once I got that first hold in the first game of the match I settled down."
The first set was a seesaw battle. Neither player was able to break service, resulting in a first set tiebreaker.
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