URBANA, Ill. – Senior Henrique Cunha and sophomore Raphael Hemmeler of the Duke men’s tennis team run came to an end Sunday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship at the Kahn Tennis Complex.
Cunha and Hemmeler, the second-seeded pair in the field, dropped a 7-5, 6-3 decision to No. 4 Jamere Jenkins and Mac Styslinger of Virginia. Cunha and Hemmeler went up two breaks, 5-2, in the first set, before Jenkins and Styslinger were able to break Hemmeler serve the following game. After a one hour and 20 minute rain delay, Virginia’s Jenkins and Styslinger were able to come from behind to win the first set, 7-5.
In the second set, Jenkins and Styslinger went up a break at 3-1, before Cunha and Hemmeler responded with a break three games later at 4-3. However, Jenkins and Styslinger were able to close out the match two games later, ending Cunha and Hemmeler’s run in the tournament.
With the loss, Cunha and Hemmeler close the season with an overall 39-5 record, including 24 victories over ranked opponents. The duo’s 39 victories on the season is second on Duke’s all-time charts in single season wins by a doubles tandem, two wins shy of the 41 victories posted by Cunha and Reid Carleton in 2010.
Cunha’s stellar career at Duke comes to a close. A four-time All-American, he will leave Duke owning or sharing 21 of the program’s records, including 151 wins in singles and 147 victories in doubles.
2013 NCAA Div. I Men's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships
May 22-27, 2013 at Urbana, Ill. (Kahn Outdoor Tennis Center)
Doubles – Semifinals
No. 4 Jenkins/Styslinger (Virginia) def. No. 2 Cunha/Hemmeler (Duke), 7-5, 6-3