TULSA, Okla. – Two rounds of singles main draw action on day three of the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships set up exciting semifinals matchups on Sunday.
Martin Redlicki of UCLA made waves when he defeated Wake Forest’s Petros Chrysochos, the No. 3 seed. Having defeated Florida’s Alfredo Perez in the Saturday’s Round of 16, Redlicki had the confidence to take down another top seed.
Chrysochos and Redlicki traded blows in the first set, with neither able to gain to much momentum in the frame. Redlicki found a way to power through the Deacon, as he ended up winning the set 6-4.
Redlicki fell early in the second set to Chrysochos, but recovered later in the set to secure a 7-5 victory. Redlicki will face Oregon’s Thomas Laurent tomorrow in the semifinals.
“I’m just really happy that I was able to get two good wins today,” said Redlicki. “I’ve been playing really solid tennis all week. My only focus now is to hopefully keep it going.”
Laurent had an upset of his own, defeating Tulane’s Constantin Schmitz (8) in a long, three-set match. Laurent appeared to be in some trouble after dropping the first set 2-6, but turned it on in the last two sets to take them 6-1, 6-1. Laurent faced Eduardo Mena of Tennessee Tech
Top-seeded Mikael Torpegaard of Ohio State continued his bid for the championship, defeating two seeded players to advance to semifinals. Torpegaard faced Texas Harrison Scott (9-16) in the morning cruised to victory in a 7-5, 6-2 victory. His next match was against Gustav Hansson (9-16) of Ole Miss, who upset seventh-seeded Skander Mansouri of Wake Forest. Torpegaard didn’t show any signs of wear, however, as he came out victorious 6-4, 6-4. Torpegaard will face William Blumberg (4) of North Carolina in the semifinals.
Blumberg ended Oklahoma’s Ferran Calvo’s bid for 18 wins in a row in his first match of the day. After dropping the first game of the first set, Blumberg overcame the slight deficit and never looked back, winning the match 6-3, 6-4. He faced a similar challenge in Alexis Galarneau of NC State, defeating him 6-4, 6-4.
The doubles draw nearly saw two Texas squads in the semifinals, but the duo of William Blumberg and Robert Kelly of North Carolina thwarted Texas’ Yuya Ito and Harrison Scott. Carolina’s pair let the Longhorns take the first set, but fought back to force a match tiebreak in which they rolled, 10-4.
Blumberg and Kelly will face Will Little and Johannes Schretter of Baylor, who faced little adversity in a match against Juan Carlos Aguilar and Jordi Arconada of Texas A&M.
There will be an all-Florida semifinal after the squad of McClain Kessler and Duarte Vale as well as Johannes Ingildsen and Alfredo Perez each took care of their opponents on Saturday.
Kessler and Vale, the lone team from the qualifying draw still in the main draw, took on Virginia Tech’s Mitch Harper and Henrik Korsgaard. The Gators never gave the Hokies a chance, as they went on to take the match 6-3, 6-3. Ingildsen and Perez took down the ITA National Summer Championship winners, Rodrigo Banzer and Leo Telles of Texas 7-6(5), 6-4.
The Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships event page will include draw updates, links to scoring updates, live streaming and photo galleries, in addition to daily main draw recaps. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter by following @ITA_Tennis and using the hashtag #TulsaITA.
This marks the 13th straight year that the University of Tulsa serves as the official tournament host, and all of the main draw action takes place on the courts of the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Singles quarterfinalists, doubles semifinalists and consolation finalists (singles and doubles) will receive an automatic entry into the 2017 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships on Nov. 1-5, held at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California, and the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California.