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Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Men's Tennis Gameday Central: Duke vs. Wake Forest
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/15/2013
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LAST TIME OUT: The Blue Devils are coming off a hard-fought 4-3 loss Sunday to then-No. 24 Cal Sunday in Berkeley, Calif. In the match, Duke lost the doubles point for just the second time this season. Sophomore Raphael Hemmeler and classmate Jason Tahir picked up wins from the No. 5 and No. 6 positions in the singles lineup, respectively. At the No. 1 spot in the lineup, senior Henrique Cunha captured a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4 victory over No. 56 Ben McLachlin.

DOUBLES IN THE RANKINGS: Duke is the lone school in the nation to boast three doubles tandems in the top-25 of the latest ITA doubles rankings. The tandem of Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler regained the top spot in the polls Tuesday, while the pair of Jason Tahir and Michael Redlicki remained at No. 9 in the latest listing. The duo of Chris Mengel and Fred Saba are also ranked 25th.

COMMON NONCONFERENCE OPPONENTS: The Blue Devils and Demon Deacons played six common opponents throughout the nonconference schedule, including Charlotte, Elon, Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma and VCU. Duke owns a perfect 6-0 record against these common opponents, while Wake Forest has tallied a 2-4 record. The Deacs defeated Charlotte and Elon, while falling in matches against Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma and VCU.
Friday will mark the 96th all-time meeting between Duke and Wake Forest, with the Blue Devils holding an 81-14 series advantage. Duke has defeated the Demon Deacons in each of the previous five match-ups, including a 6-1 victory last season on March 18, 2012 in Winston Salem, N.C. Head coach Ramsey Smith owns a 5-1 overall record against Wake Forest.

SCOUTING THE DEMON DEACONS: Wake Forest comes to Durham ranked 24th in the latest ITA rankings and own an 11-4 ledger for the season after falling to VCU, 4-2, Tuesday in Richmond, Va. The team is led by senior Amogh Prabhakar who is the lone ranked player in singles listed at 56th, while the duo of Prabhakar and David Hopkins are the squad’s lone ranked doubles pair at 70th.

The Blue Devils will make the short trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., to take on rival North Carolina Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m.