TULSA, Okla. – Friday’s cool and cloudy morning at the 2016 Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships at The University of Tulsa led to a packed day of twists and turns that allowed seeds to hold onto their ground and earned several qualifying players another round to showcase their talents. Today’s victors head to the Round of 16 on Saturday, October 8, 2016 for singles and the quarterfinals for doubles action.
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Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio State) extended his tournament run as the top seed to the Round of 16 with a classic 6-2, 6-2 win over Aron Hiltzik (Illinois). Torpegaard received the first point of play and earned a quick 3-0 lead before Hiltzik broke to earn his way onto the scoreboard. With Hiltzik then fighting to get back on serve, an overrule decided that the Buckeye would take a 4-1 lead, a key turning point in the first set. Hiltzik held serve to take the match to 2-5 before Torpegaard served out the set, winning 6-2. Through the second set, action continued in similar fashion, as Hiltzik began serving yet faced an early break. With Torpegaard leading 4-1, he inched towards the end of the match and became victorious after Hiltzik missed a backhand passing shot on the final point. The top seed faces Gustav Hansson (Ole Miss) in tomorrow’s Round of 16.
Hometown favorite Or Ram-Harel (Tulsa) saw his tournament run come to an end after a back-and-forth battle with Hugo Di Feo (Ohio State.) With crafty points, Di Feo earned an early lead as he moved steadily to a 6-3 first-set win. The second set proved Harel’s intensity, as he tied up the set at 4-4 and took control for 6-4 second set to force a deciding third. With both players coming up with big shots, they stayed on-serve throughout most of the set. Leading 5-4 after earning a late break, Di Feo served out the match and took out Harel 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Tomorrow’s match-up will be against Skander Mansouri (Wake Forest,) who defeated Thomas Laurent (Oregon) in today’s Round of 32.
Gustav Hansson (9-16) earned himself a Round of 16 slot after solid play on day two. The first set against Lukas Finzelberg (Oklahoma State) required true focus and grit, with the set tiebreak ending in Hansson’s favor. In the second set, the Ole Miss Rebel took an early lead and never let up, earning him a 7-6, 6-1 win into tomorrow’s Round of 16. Hansson’s tactical play and pinpointed shots line him up against top-seeded Torpegaard.
Thai-Son Kwiatkowski (Virginia) faced a lengthy contest against UCLA’s Martin Redlicki in a match with exhilarating momentum shifts. The two-seed faced a break in the first set that put Redlicki up 4-2. Kwiatkowski, the defending champion at the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championship, served to stay in the match but ultimately fell 3-6 in the first. The second set left the men holding serve until a decisive set tiebreak that ended in Kwiatkowski’s favor 7-6 (3). Action in the final set continued with service holds and tight games that were decided on deuce points. Redlicki saw a chance at 5-4 up, as he came within two points of the match. But, the Cavalier pulled out an extraordinary victory 7-5 in the third, showing little signs of fatigue. His comeback puts him into tomorrow’s Round of 16, facing Florian Lakat (California.)
Day Two Notes:
-Chris Eubanks (Georgia Tech) eased through his part of the draw with a 6-2, 6-3 decisive win over Billy Griffith (California,) whose run ended after earning his way through qualifying. Eubanks meets Christian Seraphim (Wake Forest) in the Round of 16.
-Seraphim sees another day after taking out (9-16) William Bushamuka (Kentucky), 6-4, 6-4.
-Fifth-seeded Skander Mansouri (Wake Forest) fought off Thomas Laurent (Oregon,) who earned his way into the draw through qualifying play. Mansouri took the match 6-4, 6-4 and faces Hugo Di Feo (Ohio State) in the Round of 16.
-Wake Forest’s pair of Mansouri and Seraphim (No. 3) pulled out a win over North Carolina’s Jack Murray and Ronnie Schneider 6-3, 5-7, 10-4.
-Qualifying duo Gergely Madarasz and Ricardo Medinilla (Purdue) will see the Quarterfinals tomorrow after a win over Alex Day and Luke Gamble (Princeton.) Princeton took out top-seeded Oklahoma State in yesterday’s Round of 32.
-North Florida’s qualifying team, Jack Findel-Hawkins and Lasse Muscheites, are into the Quarterfinals after a 6-3, 6-2 win over Schipanski and Valero (Tennessee).
-Virginia’s Kwiatkowski also continues his doubles run with partner Luca Corinteli after taking out Ohio State’s Herkko Pollanen and Mikael Torpegaard in a close, two-set battle, 6-4, 7-5. Kwiatkowski won the singles and doubles titles at #TulsaITA last year.