TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s Marco Nunez beat the No. 49-ranked player in the country Tuesday to advance at the ITA All-American Championship Qualifying Draw in Tulsa.
Nunez defeated Chris Simpson of LSU, 7-6 (2), 6-2, taking down the Tigers top player and the No. 3 seed in the qualifying draw.
“Marco played aggressive and really mastered his approach shots,” head coach Dwayne Hultquist said. “He was able to use that part of his game to beat a highly-ranked player from LSU that has had a lot of success in college. It’s a good win for Marco and he’s made huge strides and seems to be really improving over the last two matches.”
Against Simpson, Nunez held serve the entire match and used a convincing 7-2 tiebreaker to win the first set, 7-6. In the second set, the Monterrey, Mexico, native broke Simpson twice en route to winning the second set, 6-2. The win was Nunez’s second of the season over a ranked opponent after knocking off another SEC player two weeks ago in No. 90 Rhys Johnson of Vanderbilt, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
After winning in the first round against Alejandro Augusto, a qualifier from Clemson, Nunez will take on another ACC opponent in Jack Murray of North Carolina. The Tar Heel made it through prequalifying unscathed and will be playing his sixth match in five days when he and Nunez take the court Wednesday morning.
In the other Seminole action in Tulsa, Nunez’s teammate and doubles partner Benjamin Lock lost against Ben Lott of Drake, 6-3, 6-2. While Lock’s singles run is over, he and Nunez have already made the Main Draw of the doubles tournament that will begin Thursday morning.
For more information about Nunez’s run at the ITA All-American Championships, visit seminoles.com or follow the team on Twitter @FSU_MTennis for live updates.
ITA ALL-AMERICAN RESULTS: DAY 2
Ben Lott (Drake) def. No. 79 Benjamin Lock (FSU), 6-3, 6-2
Marco Nunez (FSU) def. No. 49 Chris Simpson (LSU), 7-6 (2), 6-2
About the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championships
The first major championship of the fall collegiate season for the men has been hosted by the University of Tulsa at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center since 2005. Since 1979, this event has successfully combined competitors who had stellar seasons the year before with the cream of the crop from the freshman class. Matches are played on hard court surfaces.