March 27, 2005 - by
Seminole Men’s Tennis Can’t Repeat the Past, Drops 5-2 Contest to Fourth-Ranked Duke

March 27, 2005

A year ago, the Florida State University men’s tennis team pulled off one of the biggest wins in school history when it upset fourth-ranked Duke. Going into this year’s contest, the No. 27 Seminoles found themselves up against a fourth-ranked Blue Devil squad once again, but this time the key third-set matches went Duke’s way as the host prevailed 5-2 on Sunday (March 27).

Florida State fell to 12-6 overall and 3-2 in the league. Duke won its eighth match in a row to improve to 13-2 with a perfect 3-0 ACC record.

Despite a line-up loaded with ranked singles players, not even the Blue Devils could derail the best doubles line-up in the country. Florida State ran its doubles record to 17-1 by taking the first point of the day. Coming through with the first win was Sam Chang (Young-Ming, Taiwan) and Jonathas Sucupira (Sao Paulo, Brazil) as they prevailed 8-5 at number three over Stephen Amritraj and Peter Shults.

Duke evened the doubles at one match apiece when Ludovic Walter and Jason Zimmerman beat No. 27 Jeff Groslimond (Atlanta, Ga.) and Chris Westerhof (Durban, South Africa) 8-5 at number one. The loss ended the duo’s 13-match winning streak.

The opening point came down to number two in a match that featured a pair of ranked opponents. After going up 7-2, FSU’s No. 39 team of Mat Cloer (Brevard, N.C.) and Ytai Abougzir (Boca Raton, Fla.) allowed No. 29 Peter Rodrigues and Jonathan Stokke to even the match at eight points. The bout went into a tiebreaker where the Seminoles prevailed 8-6 to win the doubles point.

The Tribe founds itself in an unusual position as Florida State quickly had a 2-0 advantage in the match as Abougzir came through with an upset of No. 96 Stokke 6-3, 6-2 at number two singles. The Blue Devils didn’t get on the board until No. 80 Rodrigues posted a 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 win over Sucupira at number five.

Tying the match at two points was Shults as he came through with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Chang in the sixth bout. The Blue Devils got their first lead of the afternoon when 66th-ranked Amritraj beat Groslimond 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2. Completing Duke’s comeback was a tight match at number one as No. 26 Cloer was serving for the match in the third set before No. 5 Walter rallied for the 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) triumph. With the team match complete, Charles Brezec beat Westerhof 6-1, 6-7 (4), 7-5 at number four.

Florida State returns home to take on No. 14 Clemson on Friday (April 1) at 1 p.m.

#4 Duke 5, #27 Florida State 2

No. 1: #5 Ludovic Walter (Duke) def. #26 Mat Cloer, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4)
No. 2: Ytai Abougzir (FSU) def. #96 Jonathan Stokke, 6-3, 6-2
No. 3: #66 Stephen Amritraj (Duke) def. Jeff Groslimond, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2
No. 4: Charles Brezac (Duke) def. Chris Westerhof, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 7-5
No. 5: #80 Peter Rodrigues (Duke) def. Jonathas Sucupira, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
No. 6: Peter Shults (Duke) def. Sam Chang, 7-5, 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 5, 6, 3, 1, 4

No. 1: Walter & Jason Zimmermann (Duke) def. #27 Groslimond & Westerhof, 8-5
No. 2: #39 Abougzir and Cloer (FSU) def. #29 Rodrigues & Stokke, 9-8 (6)
No. 3: Chang & Sucupira (FSU) def. Amritraj & Shults, 8-5
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

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