Mens Singles Quotes - Day Three


(1) Arnau Brugues (Tulsa):

“At the beginning, I was nervous. He (Pepperdine’s Omar Altmann) is a guy that comes to the net really fast and I didn’t have time to get my rhythm going. As the match went on and as the balls got bigger, his serve wasn’t as effective.”
(5) Bruno Agostinelli (Kentucky):
“It’s always tough in the round of 16. We both came to play today. It’s all about heart and working hard out there. My strategy is to stay focused throughout the match, even if you’re down a break. You just have to keep going after it. In the first set, we both held our serves and at three-all, I broke. I carried the momentum through the second and broke him (USC’s Steve Johnson) early. I stayed focused throughout the match and closed it out.”
(6) John-Patrick Smith (Tennessee):
“It was pretty slow. I was down a couple of breaks early. I had my chance to get back at 5-4 in the first set. I had two break points and I didn’t convert. I was a bit unlucky today. I didn’t really play as well as I had hoped to, but I have to focus on doubles now.”
Blake Strode (Arkansas):
“I just stuck with it the whole match and was going hard first point to the last. It was obviously a really tough match. I had chances to win in the first set and kind of let him (Oklahoma State’s Oleksandr Nedovyesov) back in it, so I had to stay mentally tough to be able to win the second and hang around in the third. I had opportunities in the first and kind of told myself I couldn’t check out. I had to stay tough and keep playing, because it’s easy after that disappointment to kind of just go away. I just kept playing hard. I played him earlier this year and lost in two close sets and had some chances in that match, so I felt I would have a chance in the match. Once you get out there, it’s just about who shows up and brings it in that match. I certainly felt like I had a chance and I’m glad I came out on the winning end.”
Sanam Singh (Virginia):
“Coming into this tournament, I was just going to take it match-by-match. I wouldn’t be looking ahead at the draw and I found out yesterday that I would be playing him (Tennessee’s John-Patrick Smith).  Obviously, he’s a great player. He’s crafty and has really good hands. I felt like I played solid today. I just want to keep it going and play the same way that I did today throughout the tournament.”
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