Oct. 14, 2007
LEXINGTON, Ky. -
Denes Lukacs notched his third straight singles victory to advance to the championship match of the Fluitt Invitational at the Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex in Lexington, Ky.
The tournament, which features 13 ranked players among the 20-player field, offers more than just a tournament title, the winner will secure a spot in the 2008 ATP Masters Series qualifying draw in Cincinnati.
In semifinal action, Lukacs defeated Kentucky's Marcus Sundh, 7-5, 6-2, to raise his season record to a team-best 9-2. In addition, the sophomore from Eger, Hungary, has posted a 5-2 record against ranked opponents this season. To advance to the semifinals, Lukacs, ranked No. 78, upset 38th-ranked and third-seeded Clancy Shields of Boise State, 7-5, 7-5.
Lukacs will play Kentucky's Bruno Agostinelli in the tournament finals. Agostinelli, ranked No. 44, advanced to the championship final by defeating Baylor's Dominik Mueller. The championship match will begin at 9 a.m. Central time on Monday.
"Denes has a special opportunity in the final with the Cincinnati wild card on the table. I expect a high level match," said head coach Matt Knoll. "In fact, It's been a super weekend in terms of the amount of quality matches our guys have been able to play," he added.
In other quarterfinals action on Sunday, sophomore Dominik Muller defeated Illinois' Billy Heisler, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. Heisler had advanced to the quarterfinals after upsetting the tournament's top-seeded player, fifth-ranked Luke Shields of Boise State. In the semifinals, Mueller was ousted by Agostinelli, 6-3, 6-4.
Junior Matt Brown was eliminated in quarterfinal action by Agostinelli, 6-2, 6-4.
In round of 16 consolation competition, freshman Jordan Rux knocked off his first ranked opponent of his collegiate career when he notched a victory over 69th-ranked Davy Sandren of Tennessee, 6-4, 6-1. He turned around and made it two in a row with a triumph over Florida's Nestor Briceno, 7-5, 6-2. Briceno came into the tournament ranked No. 91.
With his loss in the quarterfinals, Brown played a round of eight consolation match where he lost to Heisler, 6-0, 6-7(8), 6-1.