Though separated by 3,000 miles, two former Vols had on thing in common Thursday: they both won to advance to the quarterfinals in their respective $15,000 ITF Futures events.
John-Patrick Smith defeated Jaan-Frederik Brunken of Germany 6-3, 7-5 in the second round of the Sherbrooke Futures in Canada. Smith, the seventh seed, is set for a rematch against Vincent Millot of France. Smith lost in last week's semifinals to Millot 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4).
In the Calabasas Futures in California, Sandgren reached the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Vladimir Obradovic of Serbia. He plays Zimbabwe native Takanyi Garanganga next.
Sandgren also played in the doubles semifinals where he and Di Wu lost to second-seeded Nima Roshan and Artem Sitak 4-6, 7-5 [10-8].