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Men's Tennis' Lukacs Advances in Futures Tourney

Denes Lukacs is the lone Bear to survive the round of 32 at the USTA Futures Tournament.

Denes Lukacs is the lone Bear to survive the round of 32 at the USTA Futures Tournament.

Jan. 11, 2009

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Baylor's men's tennis' Denes Lukacs advanced to the final round of qualifying of the USTA Futures professional tournament at the Swim & Racquet Center of Boca Raton (FL) on Sunday. Lukacs was the only one of four Bears to survive the round of 32.

Lukacs, a junior, swept past Gary Sacks (RSA), 6-4, 7-5, en route to gaining a spot in the bracket finals. A win on Monday over William Noblitt (USA) will advance Lukacs to the main draw of the $10,000 satellite tournament.

Baylor's three other round of 32 participants put up valiant battles before bowing out of the tournament. Julian Bley, a freshman, won the first set against Blas Moros (USA) 6-3, but lost the second set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (3). Moros went on to claim the third set 6-2 to advance. Dominik Mueller, also a junior, faced 13th-seeded Milos Raonic (CAN) and all three sets were close ones. Mueller won the first set 7-6 (4) while Raonic claimed the second 7-6 (5). The Canadian eked out a 7-5 third-set victory to claim the set. After losing in the first set to 12th-seeded Mattia Livraghi (ITA), 6-3, junior Attila Bucko rebounded to take the second stanza 7-5. However, Livraghi narrowly defeated Bucko 7-6 (8) in the third set to advance to the bracket finals.

Round of 32 - Sunday
Blas Moros (USA) def. Julian Bley 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2
Denes Lukacs def. Gary Sacks (RSA) 6-4, 7-5
13th-seed Milos Raonic (CAN) def. Dominik Mueller 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 7-5
12th-seed Mattia Livraghi (ITA) def. Attila Bucko 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(8)

Qualifying Bracket Finals - Monday
Lukacs vs. William Noblitt (USA) - not before 10 a.m. (CST)

 

 

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