TCU Men's Tennis Drops Third in a Row

April 2, 2004


The No. 6 Duke Blue Devil men's tennis team handed No. 14 TCU its third loss in a row Friday in Durham, N.C., by a 6-1 count. It was also the Horned Frogs' second defeat in a row by a 6-1 tally after falling to No. 2 Baylor earlier in the week. The Purple and White is 13-4 on the season, while Duke moves to 15-5 with the victory.

The Blue Devils were able to win two of the three doubles positions by scores of 8-6. The nation's third-ranked duo of Ludovic Walter and Jason Zimmermann registered the first win at one against 19th-rated Rafael Abreu and Fabrizio Sestini. Jacob Martin and Alex Menichini were able to get a victory from Duke's Stephen Amritraj and Peter Rodrigues at No. 3, 8-6, to level the doubles. The No. 7-billed tandem of Phillip King and Jonathan Stokke claimed the remaining match at two with Hector Almada and Jacopo Tezza.

King, ranked seventh nationally, pushed Duke ahead 2-0 when he defeated No. 41 Menichini at the top spot, 6-0, 1-0. Menichini had to withdraw from the match with an injury. Almada took TCU's only point at three with a 6-3, 6-0 triumph versus Rodrigues to cut the deficit in half. Christopher Brown put the Blue Devils within a point of clinching the match by downing Martin at No. 6 in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.

Sestini was battling No. 12-rated Walter at two singles when Brown snagged the win and was able to take his opponent into a third set. The Rome, Italy, native blanked Walter in the second frame after losing the first, 6-3. Unfortunately for TCU, Sestini could not pull off the upset, as he fell 6-4 in the third to give Duke its 15th win.

The remaining matches at four and five were decided in super tiebreakers after the scores were one set apiece. Zimmermann got the best Tezza at No. 4 singles, 7-6, 5-7, (10-4), and Stokke ended the dual meet with a 6-7, 7-5, (10-5) victory against Abreu.



The Frogs head to Charlottesville, Va., for their next match with No. 12 Virginia Sunday, April 4. First serve is slated for 11 a.m. CDT.

#6 Duke (15-5) 6, #14 TCU (13-4) 1

1. #7 Phillip King (DU) def. #41 Alex Menichini (TCU) 6-0, 1-0, Ret. (inj.)
2. #12 Ludovic Walter (DU) def. Fabrizio Sestini (TCU) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
3. Hector Almada (TCU) def. Peter Rodrigues (DU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Jason Zimmermann (DU) def. Jacopo Tezza (TCU) 7-6, 5-7, (10-4)
5. Jonathan Stokke (DU) def. Rafael Abreu (TCU) 6-7, 7-5, (10-5)
6. Christopher Brown (DU) def. Jacob Martin (TCU) 7-5, 6-4

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 6, 2*, 4, 5

1. #3 Walter/Zimmermann (DU) def. #19 Abreu/Sestini (TCU) 8-6
2. #7 King/Stokke (DU) def. Almada/Tezza (TCU) 8-6
3. Martin/Menichini (TCU) def. Stephen Amritraj/Rodrigues (DU) 8-6

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2*

* Clinching point

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