Nov. 7, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It took last minute breaks Thursday, but the doubles team of Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships. The Florida State men’s tennis duo won two matches at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y.
“Today we played some great matches,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “I was proud to see our guys fight back from being down 5-3 in the second match. We played an excellent tiebreaker and were able to run away with it.”
The Noles started the day against William Kallberg and Stefan Lindmark of Ole Miss in the round of 32. After each team stayed on serve throughout the match, the Seminoles broke to go up 7-6 and then held serve to win 8-6.
After a 90 minute break, Lock and Nunez returned to the courts against Idaho’s Jose Bendeck and Cristobal Ramos. The Seminoles fell behind 5-3 before fighting back to get back on serve. Florida State broke to go up 7-6 but Nunez was unable to hold serve to force a tiebreaker. At that point, Florida State took control and easily won the tiebreaker to win 8-7 (6).
“I thought today was a tough but good day at the office,” said Lock. “We played well in our first match and were happy with the result. I felt that in the second match we didn’t serve as well so we had to come up with some big plays on big points. Marco did a great job of returning and really kept us in the match when we were down 5-3. Dwayne kept us mentally stable and helped boost our confidence to clinch it in the tiebreaker.”
“We played two tough matches today,” said Nunez. “The best players in the country are here and we needed to stay really focused to get both wins. I’m just really proud of our team, Benjamin played awesome and Dwayne helped us a lot on court. There has been a lot of support from back in Tallahassee with our teammates texting us congratulations and Nick (Crowell) and Taylor (Braziel) giving us extra advice for the next matches.”
The duo takes on the No. 2 seed of Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen of Texas on Friday.
“We excited to play in tomorrow’s quarterfinals,” concluded Hultquist. “We’re playing some good doubles but there’s a few things we need to work on to be better.”
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Round of 32
Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. Kallberg/Lindmark (MISS) 8-6
Round of 16
Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. Bendeck/Ramos (IDAHO) 8-7 (2)