Clemson 4, #68 Georgia Tech 3
This match was played outdoor at GT. Windy conditions and pretty chilly.
Clemson played terrible in doubles. Played it as if there was no wind and GT continously made the Tigers pay.
singles: (1 and 6 to GT, 2-5 to Clemson)
1: 13 Kevin King def 88 Yannick Maden 6-1 6-1
I have to give big props to Kevin King. He was a mediocre #3 player last year for Tech and is now a national top 15 player. He had too much power for Maden. Maden played poorly and was bothered by the wind and many of his deep looping shots were going long. King attacked the net and Maden was unable to come up with his usual passing shots.
2: Gerardo Meza def 101 Juan Spir 6-2 7-5
The critical moment in this dual match came here on court 2. Meza was down 0-5 in the 2nd set and roared back to take it from Spir. That changed the momentum because everyone thought it was headed to 3. Spir relaxed too much and started dumping volleys, Meza was able to control the whole match from the back of the court. Spir is not a great mover and Meza's flat shots from corner to corner were too much for Spir. The wind also blunted Spir's serve.
3: Ayrton Wibowo def Juan Melian 6-3 2-6 6-3
This was the 2nd to last match the finish. Wibowo and D.Maden both entered the 3rd set together. Wibowo made sure to not be denied in the 3rd. He played outstandign tennis, attacking the net on nearly every point. He was serve and volleying a lot and elian had no passing shots to answer. It was one way traffic that Melian only slightly was ablt to stop but in the end Wibowo would not be denied.
4. Dom Maden def Dusan Milijevic 6-4 2-6 6-2
Clincher. This match was entirely on Maden's racket throughout. He had the bigger shots. He missed too many in the 2nd set but got it back together in the 3rd. The key game was at 2-all in the 3rd. Several deuces and evabtually Maden gutted it out and them Milijevic stopped putting up resistance. Maden is sometimes overly aggressive but in the 3rd he played smart and chose the right moments to use his whip forehand.
5: Hunter Harrington def Eduardo Secura 7-6(3) 6-4
First dual match win for Harrington in his career. Tight match. Segura tried every gamesmanship trick in the book but Harrington did not crack under the pressure late in the sets. This is a big confidence boosting win for Harrington.
6:Sebastian Lopez def Cedric Willems 6-3 6-2
Willems allowed too much to bother him in this match.Lopez was not that good but Willems head was not entirely in the match. Had several disputes. I have a feeling this is the last time he sees the top 6 for a while.