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Nicolas

Alvarez

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Height: 6'1"
Weight: 169
Year: Redshirt Junior
City/State: Lima, Peru
High School: Franklin Delano Roosevelt School

Bio

ITA All-America (2015 – Singles)
ITA Carolina Region Player to Watch (2015)
All-ACC (2015 – First Team; 2016 – First Team; 2018 – First Team)
ACC Player of the Week (Jan. 27, 2015, Feb. 17, 2015 & Feb. 23, 2016, March 13, 2018)

All-ACC Academic Team (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
ACC Academic Honor Roll (2015, 2016, 2017)
ITA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete (2015, 2016, 2017)

Alvarez Career Statistics

2017-18: Returned to competition after missing the entire 2017 dual match season due to a wrist injury … earned third career First Team All-ACC and NCAA Singles Championship selections … became just the eighth Blue Devil in program history to be selected to three or more NCAA Singles Tournaments and the first since Henrique Cunha from 2010-13 … capped the campaign ranked No. 23 in singles in the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) ledger … reached a season high of No. 11 in the Oracle/ITA poll for the week of April 17 … paired with Catalin Mateas in doubles to reach a final, and season high, ranking of No. 31 in the Oracle/ITA poll … filled the No. 1 singles spot for every participated in dual match … played to a 15-9 overall record, 10-6 dual match mark and 5-4 ACC ledger in singles action … went 8-6 against ranked opponents … in doubles, finished 14-5 overall, 11-4 in dual action and 5-2 versus league opponents … ended the year 6-0 on court one and 6-0 against nationally ranked doubles teams … named the March 13 ACC Player of the Week after defeating the No. 1 player in the country, William Blumberg of North Carolina ... returned to dual match competition for the first time since the spring of 2016 with a bang, clinching Duke’s 5-2 season-opening victory at Arizona State with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory against No. 51 Michael Geerts … captured first four decisions of the dual match season … pushed Duke to an even 3-3 score against No. 22 Notre Dame at the ITA Team Indoor Championship with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory against No. 28 Alex Lebedev … won third straight decision against a ranked foe with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against No. 29 Mitch Harper of Virginia Tech to cap Duke’s 5-2 victory versus the Hokies … earned an upset of the nation’s No. 1 player, downing Blumberg, 6-3, 6-4, to give the Blue Devils a 2-1 lead against the Tar Heels … evened up the match against No. 37 Virginia with a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3 comeback victory against No. 38 Carl Soderlund on the top court … cruised by two more ranked opponents the next week, downing No. 64 Alex Favrot of Clemson and No. 54 Carlos Divar of Georgia Tech in straight sets … snapped a four-match losing streak in the first round of the NCAA Team Championship with a 6-3, 6-4 victory versus No. 45 Gustav Hansson of Mississippi … ended the year in the NCAA Singles Championship with a 6-2, 6-4 setback to Texas A&M’s Valentin Vacherot in the opening round … in doubles, teamed most often with Mateas on courts one and two … duo played to a 10-4 overall ledger … also went 4-1 with Spencer Furman in doubles … with Mateas, clinched the doubles point against No. 10 Illinois with a 7-5 win against Zeke Clark and Aleks Kovacevic … also secured the 1-0 lead versus Kentucky with a 6-4 triumph over Cesar Bourgois and Ryotaro Matsumura … duo clinched the doubles point at No. 16 N.C. State with a 7-6 (2) victory against No. 45 Ivan Saveljic and Igor Saveljic … secured the doubles point with Mateas on court one against Clemson, downing No. 31 Favrot and Simon Baudry, 6-2 … win was Duke’s third of the season against a ranked doubles team and second for Mateas and Alvarez … came back for a 7-5 victory against the No. 20 pair of Christian Langmo and Adria Soriano of Miami to clinch the doubles point … held off the No. 48 team of Guy Iradukunda and Alex Knaff, 6-4, to pick up Duke’s first doubles win at Florida State … pushed ranked winning streak to five with a 6-4 victory against No. 62 Iradukunda and Knaff in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championship … capped the year with a 6-2 win versus No. 22 Tim Sandkaulen and Grey Hamilton of Mississippi in the first round of the NCAA Team Championship … with the triumph, became the first Duke duo to win six consecutive matches against ranked foes since Henrique Cunha and Raphael Hemmeler won 13 consecutive from March 5 through May 16, 2013 … finished fall season with a 5-2 singles mark and 3-1 ledger in doubles … ranked No. 34 in singles in the Oracle/ITA preseason rankings … began fall at the ITA All-American Championships by going 1-1 before a run to the quarterfinals in singles and doubles at the ITA Carolina Regional … topped Georgia’s Nathan Ponwith in three sets to begin the ITA All-American and bowed out in straight sets to UCLA’s No. 24 Martin Redlicki in the Round of 32 … opened Carolina Regional with four straight set wins, two by 6-0, 6-0 scores, before a 6-3, 7-6 (4) setback to Clemson’s No. 107 Favrot in the quarterfinals … in doubles, paired with Furman to march to three wins and the quarterfinals at the regional … earned three consecutive straight set wins before falling 6-4, 6-3 to Clemson’s Favrot and Baudry in the quarterfinals … after finishing play for Duke in the fall, took part in the ATP World Tour Lima Challenger Copa Claro in his native Peru … defeated Emilo Gomez 6-1, 6-3 in the opening round of the main draw to secure first ATP Challenger victory … took on No. 106 Marco Cecchinato of Italy in the second round and fell in straight sets … also played doubles at the ATP Challenger, falling 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (5) with Jose Hernandez-Fernandez in the first round.

2016-17: Missed the entire 2017 dual match campaign due to a wrist injury ... received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA on June 22, 2017 ... finished fall season with a trophy, capturing the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship (NIIC) consolation championship, winning final four matches of the fall … compiled a 9-5 singles mark with a 3-4 record versus ranked opponents … finished 4-1 in doubles … ranked No. 14 in singles in the Oracle/ITA preseason ledger … dropped both singles decisions at the ITA All-American Championships before making a strong run to the semifinals in singles and doubles at the ITA Carolina Regional … opened Carolina Regional with three straight set wins before a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) win against South Carolina’s Yancy Dennis in the quarterfinals … took on No. 7 Skander Mansouri of Wake Forest in the semifinals and fell 7-6 (4), 6-2 … at the NIIC, fell 6-4, 6-3 to No. 4 Thai-Son Kwiatkowski of Virginia in the opening round … moved to the consolation bracket and dropped the opening set to Kentucky’s Ryotaro Matsumura 6-7 (1) before storming through the final eight sets of the consolation draw to win the title … defeated No. 28 Matsumura 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-1 in the consolation Round of 16 before downing Yuya Ito of Texas 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals … breezed past Northwestern’s No. 44 Strong Kirchheimer 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals and took down No. 6 Tom Fawcett of Stanford 6-4, 6-1 in the consolation finals … in doubles, paired with Nick Stachowiak to march to four wins and the semifinals at the regional … earned a pair of straight set victories with Stachowiak and then fought through a tough 3-6, 7-6 (1), 1-0 (8) match against UNC Asheville’s Henry Patten and Josh Swindler … topped Elon’s Salvador Mijares and Neal Port in the quarterfinals … took on Mansouri again in the semifinals of doubles as the No. 3 team of Mansouri and Christian Seraphim earned a 6-4, 7-6 (2) triumph … before playing for Duke in the fall, helped his native Peru to a 3-2 victory against Venezuela in the championship match of the Davis Cup Group II Americas tournament in mid-September … the youngest player on either squad in the Venezuela match, clinched the deciding point with a comeback 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2), 6-1 victory against Luis David Martinez … also against Venezuela, defeated ATP No. 686 player Ricardo Rodriguez in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 … in Peru’s July match against Mexico in the Davis Cup semifinals, earned a pair of victories, topping ATP No. 530 player Lucas Gomez in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 and Luis Patino, who is ranked No. 780 by the ATP, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3 … Alvarez’s match-clinching point versus Venezuela allowed Peru to be promoted to Americas Zone Group I for the 2017 Davis Cup. 

2015-16: Finished a strong sophomore campaign with a second straight NCAA Singles Championship appearance and First Team All-ACC selection … finished with a 17-15 overall record, 13-10 slate in dual matches and 10-13 mark against nationally ranked foes … played all dual matches in the No. 1 position … in doubles, went 8-10 with 15 matches played in the No. 1 position … earned one of Duke's two wins versus nationally ranked doubles pairs … went on a strong run at the end of the year in singles, winning six of the last eight contests … named the February 23 ACC Player of the Week after tallying both deciding points in 7-0 sweeps against NC A&T and Charlotte … came back to defeat Northwestern's No. 16 Konrad Zieba 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to secure first win of the spring against a ranked opponent … clinched match against No. 40 Tennessee with a 6-3, 7-5 win against No. 75 Igor Smelyanski … secured Duke's fourth point in a 5-2 win at Miami with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against No. 28 Piotr Lomacki … tallied highest ranked win of the season at No. 6 Wake Forest with a 6-4, 6-4 victory against No. 13 Skander Mansouri … bowed out of the NCAA Singles Championship with a straight set loss to Stanford's Tom Fawcett in the opening round … in doubles, paired with freshman Vincent Lin for 10 matches, filling the No. 1 spot for each … recorded one win with Lin against a ranked team, topping No. 52 Northwestern's Fedor Baev and Strong Kirchheimer, 7-5 … began the dual match season 4-1 with Lin with the lone loss a 6-4 setback to the No. 7 team of Jordan Angus and Filip Vittek of San Diego … tallied the doubles clinching point against Kentucky during the opening weekend of the campaign … paired with freshman Ryan Dickerson for six matches and went 3-3, 2-3 at No. 1 and 1-0 at No. 2 … clinched the doubles point with Dickerson at Vanderbilt in a 6-3 victory against Baker Newman and Pen Binet … teamed with junior TJ Pura for two ACC matches, going 1-1 at the No. 3 position ... in the fall, went 4-4 and ranked No. 7 nationally in singles … Led Duke with four singles victories against nationally ranked opponents as seven of eight matches were versus ranked foes … Went 3-1 with a second place finish at the Oracle/ITA Masters and received the ITA Wild Card to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship … Did not participate in doubles during the fall … Started the fall with three victories at the Oracle/ITA Masters … Topped Baylor's Julian Lenz, ranked No. 4 in the preseason, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 and beat TCU's Guillero Nunez, ranked No. 19, 6-3, 6-2 before defeating Texas Tech's 18th-ranked Felipe Soares 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-0 in the semifinals of the Oracle/ITA Masters … Fell to TCU's Cameron Norrie, ranked No. 15 in the preseason, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the championship … Went 1-1 at the ITA All-American Championships main draw, downing Virginia Tech's Joao Monteiro, ranked No. 70, in three sets and falling in straight sets to No. 12 Illinois' Aron Hiltzik … Suffered two setbacks at the USTA/ITA Indoor, falling 6-4, 6-2 to No. 24 Christopher Eubanks of Georgia Tech and 6-3, 6-4 to Sam Monette of Indiana ... Named to the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2014-15: Turned in one of the best freshman campaigns in program history and earned All-America honors ... Became Duke's 21st All-American, and the first since Henrique Cunha in 2012 ... The program's fourth freshman All-America honoree, joining Cunha in 2010, Phillip King in 2001 and Chaim Arlosoroff in 1982 ... Ended the year ranked No. 11 in the final Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, the highest for a Blue Devil since Cunha was No. 5 in 2013 ... Named the ITA Carolina Region Player to Watch at the end of the season and earned first team All-ACC honors ... A two-time ACC Player of the Week ... Posted a 31-11 overall singles record with all 11 losses coming against nationally ranked opponents ... Received an at-large bid to the NCAA Singles Championship and was a seeded player for the event to earn All-America honors ... The 31 wins are tied for the eighth most by a freshman in program history ... Played in the No. 1 singles slot for the majority of the spring ... Climbed as high as No. 8 in the individual rankings, the highest for a Duke player since Cunha was No. 6 in 2013 ... Captured 13 wins versus ranked opponents, the most since Cunha's 17 in 2013 ... Began dual match play with a 9-1 record, suffering only loss to No. 31 Jared Hiltzik of Illinois in three sets in Champaign ... Earned highest ranked win of career against No. 10 Julian Lenz of Baylor on Feb. 14 at the ITA Indoor Team Championship in Chicago with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph ... Provided the clinching point in both matches against Wake Forest, against Noah Rubin on March 22 and Romain Bogaerts on Jan. 23 ... Was ranked in the top 18 for the entire dual match season ... Earned an NCAA Doubles Championship bid with Raphael Hemmeler and the duo finished the year ranked No. 26 by the ITA ... Went 17-11 with Hemmeler, posting five wins against ranked opponents ... Played exclusively in the No. 1 doubles spot and went 10-10 in dual matches there ... Finished the year with an overall 20-13 doubles mark ... Paired with Hemmeler to defeat the nation's No. 3 doubles team in Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski of Illinois 6-3 on Jan. 30 ... In the fall, was one of only 32 players to qualify for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship, but was forced to withdraw due to illness ... Ended the fall campaign winning eight of last 10 matches ... Reached semifinals of the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional with five consecutive victories, including three in straight sets ... At the ITA All-American Championship, advanced to the quarterfinals to earn the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship bid ... Became the first Blue Devil to advance to the quarters of the ITA All-American Championship since current head coach Ramsey Smith and Marko Cerenko in 2000 ... Won three consecutive matches during the qualifying stage of the ITA All-American to earn a trip to the main draw, where he advanced to the quarterfinals ... Within the main draw, defeated consecutive top-20 opponents to earn a trip to the quarterfinals ... Lost the first set to Illinois' Hiltzik, ranked No. 6 in the preseason ITA poll, in the round of 32 before coming back to take the next two sets 7-5 and 6-4 ... Won the deciding third set against USF's Roberto Cid, the No. 19 player in the ITA's preseason poll, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals ... Started the fall 3-1 at the Duke Fab Four Invite ... Entered the fall season ranked by the ITA as the No. 8 newcomer/freshman ... In doubles, played with Bruno Semenzato and Hemmeler, going 2-1 with Semenzato and 4-1 with Hemmeler ... Paired with Hemmeler for the USTA/ITA Carolina Regional and advanced to the semifinals before falling to eventual champions Ian Dempster and Robbie Mudge of N.C. State ... Named to the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Duke: Owned Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world rankings in singles and doubles and had a career high ranking of No. 17 by the Juniors International Tennis Federation (ITF) … Participated in two matches at the US Open Junior Tennis Championship in early September of 2014 … Immediately before beginning freshman fall semester at Duke, took part in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China … Lost singles match at the YOG, but earned a doubles win in the main draw Round of 16 to advance to the quarterfinals … During the summer of 2014, took part in The Junior Championships, Wimbledon and lost in the singles main draw ... Earned a doubles win to move to the main draw Round of 16 before bowing out … During June of 2014 played in the Nike Junior International Roehampton and the Roland Garros Junior French Championships … During those two events, won one doubles match in the Junior French main draw to advance to the Round of 16 …  Lost in the finals of the Ecuador Grade 1 ITF tournament in Guayaquil, Ecuador, before winning the Inka Bowl in Lima, Peru, in early February of 2014 … Won the Copa Gatorade 2014 event in Caracas, Venezuela, in January of 2014 with five consecutive victories … Won the Peru Junior Open and the Seventh Paraguay Junior Open while reaching the finals of three other ITF circuit tournaments … Turned in a strong performance on clay at the Grade A 30th Copa Gerdau in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in March of 2013, dispatching UCLA rookie Mackenzie McDonald – the top newcomer in the ITA 2013 preseason poll – by scores of 6-1, 6-0 en route to a quarterfinals appearance.

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