Jan. 20, 2013
Tonight at the Baseline Tennis Center, the No. 35 Minnesota men’s tennis team kick-started its 2013 regular season slate with a 6-1 victory over Northern Illinois. With the win, the Gophers begin the season with a 1-0 record, while the Huskies fall to 0-1.
Minnesota started strong in the doubles competition. Eric Frueh and Jack Hamburg, back from injury, paired up as the No. 3 doubles team. Together, they dished out an 8-0 victory over Axel Lagerlof and Simon Formont. At the No. 1 position, Rok Bonin and Mathieu Froment defeated Dor Amir and Fred Cadieux, 8-2, to clinch the team point for the Gophers. Juan Pablo Ramirez and Leandro Toledo played at No. 2 and marked a 7-3 lead over Jovan Zeljkovic and Max Phillips before the game was called.
On the singles side, three Gophers earned W’s in two-set matches, while two other picked up wins with a tiebreaker round. Bonin (1) overpowered Amir, 6-2, 6-3; Toledo (2) swept Lagerlof, 6-1, 6-3; and Hamburg (6) defeated Formont, 6-1, 6-3.
Ramirez at No. 4 and Ruben Weber at No. 5 each tallied wins after fighting through tiebreaker rounds. Ramirez outlasted Phillips, 6-4, 7-6 (5). Weber earned his first regular season victory as a Gopher, winning 6-3, 4-6 (6) over Zeljkovic.
Froment competed at the No. 3 position and put up a tough fight in an extended tiebreaker but ultimately fell to Cadieux by scores of 4-6, 6-3, (13-11).
Next up, the Gophers will partake in a four-team competition in Athens, Ga. as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend. On Jan. 25, Minnesota will begin play against Virginia Commonwealth at 9 a.m. CT.
Minnesota 6, Northern Illinois 1
No. 1 Bonin/Froment (MINN) def. Amir/Cadieux (NIU), 8-2
No. 2 Toledo/Ramirez (MINN) over Zlejkovic/Phillips (NIU), 7-3 (unfinished)
No. 3 Hamburg.Frueh (MINN) def. Lagerlof/Formont (NIU), 8-0
No. 1 Bonin (MINN) def. Amir (NIU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 Toledo (MINN) def. Lagerlof (NIU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 Cadieux (NIU) def. Froment (MINN), 4-6, 6-3, (13-11)
No. 4 Ramirez (MINN) def. Phillips (NIU), 6-4, 7-6 (5)
No. 5 Weber (MINN) def. Zeljkovic (NIU), 6-3, 4-6 (10-6)
No. 6 Hamburg (MINN) def. Formont (NIU), 6-1, 6-3
Spec/Corwin and Milicevic Remain at ITA Central
The doubles pair of Matic Spec and Felix Corwin advanced to the semifinals, while Stefan Milicevic will play in the singles quarterfinals.
Eight Advance to ITA Central Saturday
Five individuals and three doubles pairs will compete for the Maroon & Gold on day three.
Gophers Undefeated in Doubles on Day One
Minnesota posted a 4-0 mark in doubles and 6-2 line in singles on day one of the ITA Central Regional in Minneapolis.