Nov. 2, 2012
On the second day of the Gopher Invitational, Minnesota men’s tennis continued to support its reputation as a solid doubles team, going 4-0 on the day at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
In the Gophers’ first session, Rok Bonin and Mathieu Froment defeated powerhouse duo Anis Ghorbel and James Mckie of Drake, 8-6. Eric Frueh and Juan Pablo Ramirez also faced a pair of Bulldogs and were able to pull out a tiebreaker win, 9-8 (7-4). In the evening session, the duos dominated again. Bonin and Froment outlasted Xander Centenari and Brendan Tannenbaum (Dartmouth) for an 8-6 win, while Frueh and Ramirez crushed Dartmouth’s Andres Isaza and Justin Chan, 8-0.
Singles action saw varied results. However the Gophers showed improvement throughout the day. All five Gophers that competed in the morning suffered losses at the hand of Drake players, but four of those five rebounded to win their matches later in the day.
Bonin, Toledo, and Frueh each swept their opponents in straight sets. Bonin defeated Centenari (6-2, 6-3), Toledo won over Ghorbani (6-4, 6-1), and Frueh blitzed Tannenbaum (6-2, 6-1). Froment and freshman Ruben Weber each overcame single set losses to claim victories, Froment against Erik Nordahl (Dartmouth) and Weber against Chan. Ramirez also rebounded from a first-set loss to win the second but fell in the tiebreaker to Sam Todd (Dartmouth).
Play will resume tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., beginning with singles and followed by doubles at noon. The day’s schedule is similar to that of today, feature four sessions of action.
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