BRADENTON, Fla. – Junior Jason Tahir and sophomore Bruno Semenzato each won two singles matches Friday to reach the quarterfinals at the 2013 Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic, held at the Athletic Center of Lakewood Ranch.
Tahir, the 111th-ranked player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s preseason poll, topped Minnesota’s Jack Hamburg by scores of 7-5, 6-4 in the first round Friday before upending 39th-ranked and top-seeded Stephane Piro of Florida in the round of 16. The win over Piro marked Tahir’s first of the season against a ranked opponent, and moved his ledger to 5-1 on the fall. Up next, the Duke junior will take on eighth-seeded Johnny Grimal of Memphis in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Semenzato, who is the seventh-seeded player in the men’s open singles draw, cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Florida Gulf Coast’s Lance Lvovsky in the opening round and advanced to the quarterfinals after his opponent, Yannick Zuern of North Florida, retired from their round of 16 match due to injury. Saturday’s action will see Semenzato face Princeton’s Zach McCourt.
The two Blue Devils teamed up for similar success in doubles, playing their way into the tournament’s semifinals with a pair of wins. The third-seeded duo defeated Timmy Berg and Christopher Ellis of Bates College, 8-6, in the round of 16 and notched an 8-4 victory over Arizona’s tandem of Frederick Ask and Keiren Thompson in the quarterfinals. Tahir and Semenzato advance to a semifinal meeting with second-seeded Matthieu Froment and Hamburg of Minnesota.
The two doubles semifinals begin at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, followed by the singles quarterfinals at noon.
2013 Lakewood Ranch Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic