Former Stanford tennis All-American Bradley Klahn, who won the 2010 NCAA men's singles title, scored a big career win in his first-round match Monday, taking a four-set victory over No. 71 Kenny De Schepper of France at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
Klahn battled all the way for his 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-4) victory.
Klahn earned his spot as a wild card in the US Open main draw through his results this summer on the USTA Pro Circuit, winning the title at the Challenger in Aptos and reaching another final at a Challenger in Binghamton, N.Y.
Klahn made history at the 2012 US Open, defeating recent Winston-Salem Open champion Jurgen Melzer in the first round to become the first qualifying wild card in US Open history to advance to the second round of the men's singles.
The 23-year-old recent grad, who is in his first full year on tour, is currently ranked No. 124 in the world, one spot off his career high.
After losing in the first qualifying round at Wimbledon, Klahn rebounded with runner-up finishes at the Winnetka Challenger and LG&T Challenger in Binghamton, the first of four events in the Pro Circuit hardcourt series. He later added the title in Aptos as a solid tuneup for the Open.
Klahn won the 2010 NCAA singles title as a sophomore. He started this year ranked No. 254 on the ATP World Tour.
"I've seen a lot of improvements just in the summer," said Klahn. "I've been winning a lot of matches -- singles and doubles -- and I think that's really helped me a lot."
Monday's victory sets up a match against No. 23 Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the second round. Both Klahn and Lopez are lefties, just like Monday's match with De Schepper.
The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Frenchman had a decided edge over the 6-foot, 165-pound Klahn, who made up for his lack of size by having more winners (44 to 37), fewer unforced errors (32 vs. 63) and winning more points (151 to 133).
De Schepper had more aces (20 vs. 6) but also had more double faults (11 vs. one).
In another opener Monday, former Menlo School standout Dmitry Tursunov of Russia eliminated Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. Tursunov next will face Guillaume Rufin of France.