Tulsa, Okla. Ė Duke senior David Goulet ended his collegiate career on Wednesday with a straight set loss to No. 6 Robert Farah of Southern California in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championships at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.
Goulet, who is ranked No. 55 in the ITA singles rankings, won the first game of the day to take a 1-0 lead, but after that Farah went on a big run to take control of the first set. He wound up breaking Goulet’s next two serves while holding his own three to take a 5-1 lead in the match. Goulet had two chances to break Farah with the score 4-1 but was unable to get one more point. Farah went on to close out the first set 6-2.
“In the first set he (Farah) was playing amazing,” said Goulet. “I don’t think I have ever seen anybody play that well in the first set. I could have played a little better but I don’t think it would have made that much of a difference.”
In the second set, both players held serve throughout in a more tightly contested set. With the score even at 5-5 and Goulet serving, Farah had two chances to break but the Duke senior from Quebec, Canada held him off to take a 6-5 lead. Farah won the next game to force a tiebreaker. Goulet gained an early advantage with three straight points to take a 3-1 lead. However, Farah went on a run with five straight points to double up Goulet at 6-3 and would eventually when 7-4 to advance to the round of 32 where he will face either Jamie Hunt of Georgia or Ryan Rowe of Illinois.
“He played some good points in the tiebreaker,” said Goulet. “I missed a couple of first serves and he came up with some good shots. I didn’t really do anything bad other than missing the first serves.”
Goulet concludes his season with an 18-12 record in singles. In his four-year career he posted a singles record of 81-50 and was 85-40 in doubles. This season he was named to the All-ACC squad after recording a 7-4 record at the No. 1 position for the Blue Devils.