Oct. 3, 2007
TULSA, Okla. - Sophomore Denes Lukacs battled and was victorious in his third-round match on Wednesday at the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships at the University of Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center and advanced to the tournament's main draw.
Lukacs, the only Bear left in the tournament, downed Rice's Christoph Mueller on two tiebreakers. Both players held serve in the first set but Lukacs pulled ahead early in the first tiebreaker and won it 7-6 (5). Lukacs broke serve early in the second set but turned around and lost his serve to level the match. The same scenario played out later in the match. However, Lukacs was able to maintain his concentration and emerge victorious in the second tiebreaker 7-6(3).
"I'm proud of the fight Denes showed today. He wasn't playing his best tennis, yet managed to win two close sets. He will play better now that he has advanced to the main draw of the tournament," said head coach Matt Knoll.
Lukacs, ranked No. 78, will now face 9th-ranked Ryan Rowe of Illinois at 8 a.m. Thursday.
The Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Tennis Championships offer the first national singles and doubles titles of the 2007-08 collegiate tennis season, and are followed by the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in November and the third event is the season-ending NCAA Championships in May.
This year's event is being hosted by the University of Tulsa for the third straight time, at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center - site of the 2004 and 2008 NCAA Championships.
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Baylor's results will be posted at www.BaylorBears.com at the end of each day's competition.