Duke Men's Tennis BIO
Saba Career Statistics
All-ACC (2013, 2014)
Career: Duke’s all-time leader in ACC singles victories with 35 … Became the 12th player in program history to reach the 100-win milestone in singles … Concluded his career with ledgers of 103-50 in singles and 89-52 in doubles … The 103 singles victories rank him tied for eighth all-time at Duke … Tied for second in most ACC singles matches played in a career with 43 … Went 35-8 in ACC singles play over four seasons and 25-12 in conference doubles contests … Received All-ACC recognition as a junior and senior … Selected to the NCAA Individual Singles Championship twice (2013, 2014) … Ranked as high as 23rd nationally in singles and 15th in doubles during his career ... Won four doubles titles (Duke Fab Four Invite – 2010, 2011, 2012; Duke Invitational – 2012).
2013-14: Compiled records of 21-10 in singles and 16-11 in doubles in his final year … Tied for first on the team and sixth in program history with nine victories in ACC singles play … Went 7-3 in conference doubles matches … Competed in the NCAA Singles Championship, reaching the second round … Upended No. 9 Ray Sarmiento of Southern California 6-1, 6-1 in the first round … Posted a dual match singles mark of 16-7 while playing primarily at the No. 2 position, where he went 12-5 … Teamed with Raphael Hemmeler for a team-best record of 14-7 in doubles, including an 8-6 ledger at the No. 1 spot … The duo went 7-3 in ACC doubles contests … Ranked in every ITA singles poll of the season, finishing the year at No. 49 nationally … Tabbed No. 50 along with Hemmeler in the final national doubles poll … With Hemmeler, also concluded the year ranked fifth in the Carolina Region … Compiled a 9-5 record in singles against nationally-ranked opponents … Defeated No. 30 Ronnie Schneider of North Carolina 7-5, 6-3 to key a 5-2 victory for the Blue Devils over the eighth-ranked Tar Heels in the regular season finale … Also in that match, paired with Hemmeler to edge North Carolina’s 32nd-ranked duo of Brayden Schnur and Brett Clark 8-7 (3) in the No. 1 doubles match … With Bruno Semenzato, topped 27th-ranked Farris Gosea and Blake Bazarnik of Illinois, 6-5 (7-5) to secure the doubles point in a 5-2 victory over the Illini Jan. 31 … Helped Duke earn a spot in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship by clinching a 4-2 win over North Carolina Jan. 26 … Edged 17th-ranked Schneider of the Tar Heels 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 2 singles spot in the deciding contest ... Ranked 26th in the ITA’s preseason singles poll ... Posted a 4-2 singles record and a 2-2 doubles ledger in tournament play before missing the rest of the fall due to illness ... Teamed with Raphael Hemmeler to earn a third-place doubles finish in the Black Bracket at the Duke Fab Four Invitational ... In singles, advanced to the round of 32 in the main draw of the ITA All-American Championships before falling to No. 17 Jared Hitzik of Illinois, 6-2, 6-3.
2012-13: Completed his junior campaign with a 26-11 record in singles and a 29-11 ledger in doubles … Garnered All-ACC honors for first time in his career … Tied for a team-high nine singles victories in conference play and posted an 8-2 mark in ACC doubles … Competed in the NCAA Individual Singles Championship, falling in the first round to No. 43 Peter Kobelt of Ohio State … Went 16-7 in singles during the dual season with a 13-4 record at the No. 2 slot and a 2-3 mark from the No. 1 position … Tied for third in program history in single-season ACC singles victories with nine … Tied for eighth in most individual doubles victories in ACC contests with eight … Paired with Chris Mengel for an overall ledger of 24-6 in doubles, including a 17-4 mark from the No. 3 slot … With Mengel, ranks tied for ninth in single season wins by a doubles tandem with 24 … With Mengel ranks tied for third in single season ACC doubles victories by a tandem with eight … Also teamed with Bruno Semenzato for a 2-2 mark during the spring, including clinching the doubles point in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament against Coastal Carolina and UNCW … With Mengel, clinched the doubles point seven times … Clinched three matches for Duke, including the final two regular season matches against Boston College and NC State … recorded an 8-8 record against ranked opponents in singles, including a 7-5, 7-5 victory over No. 1 Alex Domijan of Virginia … Won six consecutive matches in singles from March 15-April 5, including five over ranked opponents … Concluded the season No. 43 in singles and No. 72 in doubles, with Mengel, in the final ITA national rankings … Listed fifth in singles in the final ITA Carolina Region rankings … Ranked in the top 50 in each of the 10 ITA singles polls throughout the spring … Earned a season-high No. 23 ranking in the ITA singles rankings Jan. 3 ... Played to a 10-4 singles record and a 7-4 doubles ledger during the fall … Listed No. 111 in the preseason ITA singles poll … With Mengel, listed a team-best No. 15 in the preseason ITA doubles rankings … With Mengel, listed in the top-50 of the ITA doubles rankings for six of 10 weeks throughout the spring … Reached the finals in the White Bracket of the Duke Fab Four Invite before the finals were not played out … With Mengel, won the Black Bracket doubles title over Radford’s Nicholas Sayer and Thomas Dehaen … Reached the A1 singles draw finals at the Wake Forest Fall Invite before falling to Wake Forest’s Amogh Prabhakar, 6-4, 6-4 … With Daniel McCall, reached the semifinals of the Wake Forest Fall Invite before falling to No. 17 Prabhakar and David Hopkins of Wake Forest … With Mengel, reached the quarterfinals of doubles draw at the ITA Carolina Regional before falling to UNCW’s Kosta Blank and Chris Cooprider.
2011-12: Finished his sophomore campaign with a singles record of 30-12 and a team-best 10-1 mark in ACC singles play ... The 10 ACC singles wins are tied for the most by a Blue Devil in a season ... Also went 24-13 in doubles during the year with a 6-5 ledger in league action ... Posted a 19-8 singles mark in dual match play, including a 1-0 record at the No. 2 slot and record of 18-8 from the No. 4 position ... Paired with Henrique Cunha for an overall ledger of 9-4 in doubles, including a 6-4 record from the top spot in the lineup in dual match play ... Also teamed with David Holland for an 8-4 doubles mark during the spring and a record of 4-3 in ACC doubles contests ... Notched two wins over ranked singles opponents while going 5-4 against ranked doubles pairs ... With Cunha, dispatched three ranked doubles opponents including No. 9 Nassim Slilam and Billy Federhofer of Florida at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships ... With Holland, defeated No. 45 Kike Grangeiro and Roberto Maytin of Baylor, 8-4, in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 ... Clinched six Duke victories on the year, including a 4-1 victory over 23rd-ranked LSU that sent the Blue Devils to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 ... With Holland, secured the doubles point for Duke five times during the spring ... The duo clinched the doubles point in a 4-2 victory over No. 18 North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament and against No. 23 LSU in the second round of the NCAA Tournament ... Finished the spring ranked No. 21 nationally in doubles with Cunha after being ranked as high as No. 6 during the season ... he and Holland also earned a final ranking of No. 10 in the Carolina region ... Ranked No. 19 in the region in singles to close out the year ... Posted 10 consecutive victories in ACC singles action at the No. 4 position from March 18 to Apr. 15 ... Concluded the fall season with a record of 11-4 in singles and a 3-0 mark in doubles with Cunha ... Teamed with Raphael Hemmeler for a 5-3 doubles ledger during the fall ... With Hemmeler, captured a doubles title at the Duke Fab Four Invite, topping Louisville's Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Andrew Carter, 8-3, in the final ... He and Hemmeler also advanced to the championship match of the qualifying stage at the ITA All-American Championships before falling to David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury of Memphis, 8-6 ... At the ITA Carolina Regional, reached the quarterfinal round in singles before dropping a 6-2, 6-3 decision to teammate and 49th-ranked Chris Mengel ... With Cunha, won the doubles title at the Duke Invitational, going 3-0 in the tournament from the No. 1 position.
2010-11: Completed his first season with a 26-17 singles record and a ledger of 20-17 in doubles ... Played in 11 ACC singles matches with a 1-0 record at the No. 3 position and a 6-4 mark at the No. 4 spot ... Tied for eighth on Duke's all-time list for the most ACC singles wins in a season by a rookie (7) ... Went 14-10 overall in the No. 4 singles slot ... Won his first career ACC match with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Iain Atkinson of No. 34 Wake Forest ... Reached a ranking of No. 90 in singles (Mar. 1) ... Defeated three ranked singles opponents during the year, including a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 victory over No. 74 Bob van Overbeek of 11th-ranked Florida in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships ... Clinched three Duke victories, including a 7-6 (7-1), 7-5 win over Georgia Tech's Eliot Potvin in league play ... Went 2-1 in the postseason, collecting two wins in ACC Tournament action ... Teamed with Jared Pinsky for a 14-12 doubles record, playing primarily at the No. 2 and 3 positions in dual matches ... The duo went 6-9 in dual match play with a 1-1 ACC record ... Also teamed with Torsten Wietoska for a 5-4 ledger in dual match play, including a mark of 3-1 in conference action ... Helped secure the doubles point for Duke four times during the season, including in a 4-0 victory over George Washington in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... With Wietoska, went 2-1 in NCAA Tournament action to help the Blue Devils advance to the round of 16 ... Tallied a 9-6 singles record while going 9-4 in doubles during the fall ... Won a doubles title with Pinsky at the Duke Fab Four Invite ... The duo upset second-seeded Andrew Carter and Viktor Maksimcuk of Louisville, 8-5, on its way to the section C doubles title ... Won three straight singles matches in pre-qualifying at the ITA All-American Championships to advance to the qualifying stage ... Reached the second round in qualifying at the ITA All-Americans ... Teamed with Chris Mengel to advance to the second round of the doubles tournament in the qualifying stage at the ITA All-Americans ... With Pinsky, dispatched four doubles pairs before falling to top-ranked teammates Reid Carleton and Henrique Cunha in the semifinals of the ITA Carolina Regional ... Earned the No. 15 seed in the singles tournament of the ITA Carolina Regional, advancing to the round of 32 before falling to Wake Forest's Danny Kreyman.
Prior to Duke: Coached by Nick Saviano at the Saviano High Performance Tennis Academy for five years ... Ranked as high as No. 1 in the country by the TennisRPI rankings and as high as No. 2 by TennisRecruiting.net ... Won the 2009 USTA B18 Spring National Singles Championship in Mobile, Ala. ... Claimed the title at the USTA B18 Winter National Open in Tampa ... Earned the doubles title at the 2009 USTA B18 National Clay Court Championships in Delray Beach, Fla. ... Two-time Florida Open Champion ... Reached the quarterfinals in singles and finals in doubles at the 2009 International Easter Bowl in Palm Desert, Calif.