Heartbreaker in Laguna Niguel

We got off to a good start in our semifinal match on Thursday afternoon. We were in complete control in the first set and closed out the set 6-2. In the second set our opponents rallied back and didn’t go away as we expected they might. Nonetheless, we broke at 3-3 to give ourselves a 6-2 4-3 on serve lead.

What followed is somewhat of a blur and something I would definitely rather forget. We got broken twice to lose the set 7-5, went up up 3-0 in the final set deciding super tiebreaker only to find ourselves down 9-3 in a flash. We battled back to make 9-6 and put a bit of pressure on them. But it was too little too late and we lost the very next point to hand them the match and most likely the title, as the number 1 seeds of Carsten Ball and Daniel Garza had pulled out of the earlier semifinal.

What’s next? I may go up to Sacramento for the $100,000 challenger next week. If I do I will more than likely only play doubles. Hopefully my partner and I will get in. I’ll keep you posted.

Matt

Semifinals in Laguna Niguel!

Fabian Matthews and I teamed up again for the Laguna Niguel Pro Classic. In the first round we played the number 3 seeds, the pair of Moreno and Ramirez from Mexico. Fabian and I got off up a rocky start and found ourselves down 3-1 early. We managed to weather the storm however and won the first set 6-4. In the second set we broke early, gave the break back, and then broke again and held serve comfortably after that to win the match 6-4 6-3.

In our quarterfinal match on Wednesday we were set to play Friedman and Rollins. We got off to a flyer and never looked back. We cruised to a 6-0 6-1 victory.

Today we play against a familiar face. My partner from last week, Keith Crowley and his partner Ashwin Vijayragavan are our opponents in the semifinals. I’ll update you tomorrow.

Matt

Close, but no cigar

My partner Keith Patrick Crowley and I had a great run last week in Costa Mesa, but lost in the finals to Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald.

My partner Keith Patrick Crowley and I had a great run last week in Costa Mesa, but lost in the finals to Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald.

It was another long, hard week of tennis in Costa Mesa. My doubles partner, Keith Crowley, and I had a great run all the way to the finals.

We came through a tough semifinal on Friday against the pair of Ernesto Escobedo and Eduardo Nava. We won the first set relatively comfortably, only to go down an early break in the second, before clinching it in the 3rd set super tiebreaker without a hitch. The final score 6-4 3-6 10-4.

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