DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 20 Duke men’s tennis team (13-10, 4-4 ACC) plays its final home matches of the regular season this weekend, welcoming Clemson (9-8, 3-6 ACC) and Georgia Tech (5-13, 1-7 ACC) to Durham. First serves inside Ambler Tennis Stadium are set for 5 p.m. Friday versus the Tigers and 1 p.m. Sunday against the Yellow Jackets. Both matches are Royal Blue Club events.
All regular season Duke men’s tennis home events at Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center and Ambler Tennis Stadium are free to the public. General public parking is available in the Blue Zone parking lot off Duke University Road.
Clemson Series History
Duke enters Friday’s match leading the overall series, 42-30 … The Blue Devils have won nine of the last 10 meetings, including four of the last seven by 7-0 scores … Duke won the first four in the series, from 1956-61, before Clemson captured 26 of the next 31 matches, from 1962-91 … The Blue Devils have responded with a 33-4 record in the last 37 contests … Duke is 20-13 in series history in Durham … In their dual match singles careers against Clemson, Nicolas Alvarez is 2-0, Nick Stachowiak and Ryan Dickerson are 1-0, Catalin Mateas is 1-1 and Spencer Furman, Jason Lapidus and Robert Levine are 0-1.
Scouting the Tigers
Clemson has been led in singles by senior Alex Favrot, who is 12-12 overall, 6-8 at No. 1 and 3-4 against ranked foes … He is at No. 64 in the latest Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll … Sophomore Simon Baudry has appeared most often in the No. 2 slot, going 10-4 there, 2-1 at No. 1 and 19-7 overall … Senior Sam Edwards is 4-9 on court three while freshman Yizhou Liu has played to a 3-0 ledger at No. 3, 5-5 on court four and 2-0 in the fifth slot … Clemson’s top doubles pair has been Baudry and Favrot, ranked No. 31 this week, playing the most ACC matches on court one, going 7-3 there, 4-1 in ACC play and 11-4 overall … Edwards and Liu are the No. 2 team with a 8-5 record there and 9-5 overall ledger … Sophomores Marshall Dagostine and Carlos Kelaidis have filled court three and gone 10-7 overall with a 5-3 mark in league action.
Georgia Tech Series History
Duke leads the all-time series with the Yellow Jackets, which began in 1939, 44-18 … The teams have met once a year since 1980, when Georgia Tech joined the ACC … Duke has won 12 of the last 16 matches, and 30 of the last 35, and is 19-7 all time in Durham … The Yellow Jackets have captured the last four meetings by 4-3 finals … Duke ended the 2015 regular season with a 4-3 loss in Atlanta, lost the 2016 ACC opener 4-3 in Durham to Georgia Tech and fell to the Yellow Jackets twice in April of 2017, on April 7 in Atlanta and again three weeks later during the ACC Championship quarterfinals in Rome, Ga. … Prior to the four-match winning streak, Georgia Tech had dropped 12 straight to Duke … In their dual match singles careers versus the Yellow Jackets, Stachowiak is 1-1, Dickerson and Mateas are 1-2, Alvarez is 0-1 and Furman and Levine are 0-2.
Scouting the Yellow Jackets
Sophomore Carlos Divar, ranked No. 54 in the latest Oracle/ITA poll, is the mainstay at No. 1 and owns a 14-14 overall mark, including a 5-11 record in the top position … Junior Phillip Gresk has played the most matches in the No. 2 slot, going 0-5 there, 2-2 at No. 3 and 12-13 overall … Senior Elijah Melendez and sophomore Chris Yun have split time on court three with Melendez 0-4 and Yun 2-2 … Melendez owns a 12-16 overall ledger and Yun is 11-11 … Divar and senior Michael Kay, ranked No. 21 in the latest Oracle/ITA ledger, are the top tandem, going 15-7 overall, 11-5 on court one and 3-4 in ACC play … Senior Daniel Yun and Melendez have combined for a 2-4 record at No. 2 and a 1-0 ACC ledger … Gresk and junior Andrew Li are 5-5 at No. 3 and 5-8 overall.
Levine Riding a Hot Streak
Sophomore Levine heads into the weekend’s action with the longest winning streak on the team at four matches … Since returning to the singles lineup March 16 at N.C. State, Levine has gone 5-1, only falling to Julian Zlobinsky of Wake Forest on March 21 … Levine has a 7-1 record in his last eight matches, including a trio of three-set victories … The Bedford, N.Y., product leads the Blue Devils in ACC wins with five a year after capturing just one league singles match.
Courts Four and Five Leading to Wins
So far this ACC season, courts four and five have been winning areas for the Blue Devils … Duke owns 6-2 ledgers on both courts in league competition … Leading the way on court four has been sophomore Stachowiak (3-0) while freshman Sean Sculley is 3-1 on court five … Levine has contributed in both positions, going 2-1 at No. 4 and 2-0 at No. 5.
Third Doubles Teams Bringing Success
Duke has used eight doubles teams on court three this season, with the group combining for an impressive 14-5 ledger (.737 winning percentage) … A year ago on court three in doubles, Duke went just 13-9 (.591 winning percentage) … This year’s contingent has been led by Levine and junior Mateas, who are 3-0 there … Sculley and junior Lapidus are 2-1 in the third slot and have won their last three matches overall.
Two But Not Three
Duke enters the weekend having lost consecutive contests and looks to avoid a three-match skid … The Blue Devils have not lost three-straight matches since March 7-16, 2017, and have not dropped three consecutive ACC tilts since April 3-15, 2016.
One More to 50 for Mateas
Mateas is on the verge of capturing 50 career singles victories, heading into the weekend with 49 … One more victory and Mateas would join Alvarez (68), Stachowiak (54) and Dickerson (50) as current Blue Devils with 50 or more career singles wins.
Eight with Double-Digit Wins
Every member of the Duke team has reached double-digit win totals in singles this season … The eight Blue Devils with 10 or more wins are the most for the program in a season since the 2013-14 squad had nine.
Duke at No. 20 in Oracle/ITA Poll with Two in ITA Singles and One in Doubles Rankings
The Blue Devils sit at No. 20 in this week’s Oracle/ITA rankings … The singles chart was updated with Duke’s Alvarez rising one spot to No. 16 for his highest ranking of the season and Mateas landing at No. 107 … The Blue Devils also had their first doubles team appearance of the campaign with Sculley and Stachowiak checking in at No. 81.
Weather, Please Cooperate
Of Duke’s 11 home matches this spring, just four have been played outside … The Blue Devils were able to play both February 24 matches against Coastal Carolina and Furman at Ambler Tennis Stadium, but the March 1 contest against Michigan and March 10 tilt versus North Carolina were moved to the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center due to rain … Duke has squeezed in just two ACC outdoor home matches, on March 4 versus Virginia Tech and March 30 against Virginia … The Blue Devils’ April 8 contest against Louisville was pushed indoors due to cold temperatures … Duke is 4-0 in Ambler this season.
Last Time Out
Another match filled with third sets determined the outcome Sunday at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center for the No. 18 Duke men’s tennis team as the Blue Devils fell 5-2 to Louisville … For the fourth time in the last seven matches, the Blue Devils took a 1-0 lead with the doubles point thanks to 6-4 victories on courts two and three … Court three finished first with Mateas and Levine downing George Hedley and Fredrik Moe … Court two earned the deciding victory as Lapidus and Sculley topped Federico Gomez and Ciro Lampasas … Louisville made it a 1-1 affair with the first decision in singles as Gomez defeated sophomore Furman, 6-3, 6-4, on court three … Duke regained the advantage at 2-1 with Levine on court four, where he topped Nicolas Rouanet 6-4, 6-2 … Seconds later, the Cardinals evened the match at 2-2 overall with No. 120 Parker Wynn defeating Stachowiak 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 on court two … Louisville took its first lead of the match with Brandon Lancaster downing Sculley 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 on court five … The Cardinals got the clincher from Hedley, who clamped down on Lapidus on court six, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 … The final point for the Cardinals came from No. 61 Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff, who fought past Mateas 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 on court one.
Duke plays its final two regular season matches next weekend, traveling to No. 42 Miami for a 3 p.m. Friday match and to No. 13 Florida State for a 12 noon Sunday contest.