Jan. 10, 2009
BOCA RATON, Fla. - All four of Baylor's men's tennis' remaining players advanced to the third round of the USTA Futures professional tournament at the Swim & Racquet Center of Boca Raton (FL) on Saturday. The Bears all won in straight sets in the tournament that is a tuneup for the 2009 collegiate season.
Earning round of 64 victories for the Bears were juniors Denes Lukacs, Dominik Mueller and Attila Bucko, and freshman Julian Bley. Lukacs and Bley were the first of the four to take the court on Saturday morning. Lukacs posted the most impressive victory, downing the bracket's No. 2 seed Tigran Martirosyan (ARM), 6-4, 6-2. Bley followed with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Andrew Rifkin (USA). In the afternoon session, Bucko downed the USA's Jordan Cox, 6-3, 6-1, while Mueller was a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Mario Samson (PAR).
Only eight players out of the 128-player qualifying draw will advance to the main draw of the $10,000 satellite tournament. Baylor players are half way there as a player must win four matches to enter the main draw.
Round of 64 - Saturday
Denes Lukacs def. No. 2 seed Tigran Martirosyan (ARM) 6-4, 6-2
Julian Bley def. Andrew Rifkin (USA) 6-2, 6-0
Dominik Mueller def. Mario Samson (PAR) 6-4, 6-3
Attila Bucko def. Jordan Cox (USA) 6-3, 6-1
Round of 32 - Sunday
Bley vs. Blas Moros (USA)
Lukacs vs. Gary Sacks (RSA)
Mueller vs. 13th-seed Milos Raonic (CAN)
Bucko vs. 12th-seed Mattia Livraghi (ITA)