After three days, much of it spent waiting out rain delays, Max Purcell needed just seven points once play resumed Friday to close out a 6-43-6 6-3 first round win.
The match began Wednesday - a day later than usual on account of Purcell arriving in Houston Monday after playing a Challenger final in France Sunday. Purcell claimed the opening set, but after just one point of the second set, play was suspended due to rain.
Play resumed Thursday and despite having to leave the court for rain, a set and a half was played, with Daniel Altmaier leveling the match at one-set all. Play was ultimately suspended with Almaier serving at deuce while trailing 3-4.
After a delay to start the day Friday, the two stepped onto Court 7 before an eager full crowd to finally finish what they started more than 48 hours earlier.
Purcell wasted no time, winning two straight points from deuce to break Altmaier for a 5-3 lead. Purcell allowed Altmaier just one point on his service game, completing the first-round victory just as the rain started to fall again in Houston.
Purcell, who won the doubles title at River Oaks last year, has won three Challenger singles titles this season. In Saturday’s second round he will take on Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
Every Stadium Court singles match throughout the tournament will be broadcast on the ESPN App.