Tallahassee, Fla. – Coming off the biggest win in school history Friday, the men’s tennis program beat its second ranked team of the weekend, emerging as 5-2 winners against No. 66 Duke at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center. The win snapped a seven-match losing streak against the Blue Devils (7-8, 1-2 ACC) that dated to 2009.
For the 11th time in 13 tries this year, Florida State (11-4, 3-1 ACC) won the doubles point with wins on all three courts. Seniors Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez moved to 11-0 on the season with a 6-1 win over Nicolas Alvarez and Vincent Lin on Court 1. Sophomores Jose Gracia and Terrance Whitehurst clinched the point with a 6-3 win on Court 3, and Aziz Dougaz and Michael Rinaldi finished soon after to complete the doubles sweep.
In singles, FSU raced to a 3-0 lead with straight set wins on Court 2 (Nunez, 6-2, 6-4 over Lin) and Court 5 (Gracia, 6-2, 6-2 over Ryan Dickerson). Searching for the clinching point, the remaining four courts went to a third set. In all four, the player that won the first set went on to lose the match.
Dougaz fell on Court 4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, to TJ Pura, and Whitehurst lost on Court 6 to Josh Levine, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.
The clincher would come from Rinaldi on Court 3. Forcing a third set with a break at 6-5 in the second, Rinaldi used breaks at 3-3 and 5-3 for the 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 win over Catalin Mateas.
With only the final margin left to determine, No. 30 Lock beat No. 20 Alvarez on Court 1, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. His lone break of the third set came at 4-3 and he served out for the win.
– Duke won the previous seven matches against FSU, and the Seminoles won the six before that. Duke leads the all-time series, 29-12.
– Today’s win, coupled with FSU’s 4-3 win over No. 1 North Carolina on Friday, made it the first time since 2009 that FSU beat both schools in the same weekend.
– Lock’s win over No. 20 Alvarez tied his highest-ranked opponent beaten during dual-match play. He also beat No. 20 Mitchell Frank of Virginia in 2015.
– FSU improved to 9-0 at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center this season.
– Lock now has 83 career singles wins, 10th most in school history. His 89 doubles wins are good for fourth in school history, three behind third place Jeff Horine. His 172 combined wins are tied for fourth in school history with Jason White.
– Nunez’s 81 career doubles wins are sixth most in school history, one behind Maciek Sykut.
The Seminoles will be in Virginia next weekend for matches at Virginia Tech (Friday, 3 p.m.) and Virginia (Sunday, 1 p.m.). When the new rankings are released on Tuesday, the Cavaliers should be the nation’s new No. 1.
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#51 Florida State 5, #66 Duke 2
March 13, 2016 – Scott Speicher Tennis Center, Tallahassee, Fla.
#30 Benjamin Lock (FSU) def. #20 Nicolas Alvarez (DU), 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
#97 Marco Nunez (FSU) def. Vincent Lin (DU), 6-2, 6-4
Michael Rinaldi (FSU) def. Catalin Mateas (DU), 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
TJ Pura (DU) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Jose Gracia (FSU) def. Ryan Dickerson (DU), 6-2, 6-2
Josh Levine (DU) def. Terrance Whitehurst (FSU), 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
#26 Lock/Nunez (FSU) def. Alvarez/Lin (DU), 6-1
Dougaz/Rinaldi (FSU) def. Jason Lapidus/Daniel McCall (DU), 6-4
Gracia/Whitehurst (FSU) def. Dickerson/Levine (DU), 6-3
Order of Finish – Singles: 2,5,4,6,3,1; Doubles: 1,3,2