Oct. 20, 2010
MANSFIELD, Texas - For the first time in four matches at the Futures of Mansfield pro circuit event, Sergio Ramirez was pushed to a third set, but the senior answered the call and advanced out of the first round of main draw play on Wednesday at the Walnut Creek Country Club.
Ramirez bested former Texas Longhorn Josh Zavala, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, and will now face the tournament's fourth-seed, Jordon Cox in second round action on Thursday. Cox is an 18-year-old American, who is ranked No. 538 in the world by the ATP.
"I thought Sergio played about as well as I have seen him play," head coach Matt Knoll said. "He was up a set and 2-1 with a break, but lost the second. He did a great job to really finish strong and assertively. He has made a real big commitment to improve the things he needs to improve and it is great to see it showing up in the matches."
Ramirez's teammate Roberto Maytin, was also pushed to three sets for the first time at the event, but the sophomore was unable to overcome the play of the No. 1 seed Artem Sitak in a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 loss. Sitak is the 326th-ranked player by the ATP, while Maytin is ranked No. 1266. Maytin went 3-1 at Mansfield with the three victories coming en route to advancing out of the qualifying draw.
"I thought Roberto did great," Knoll said. "He competed exceptionally well and fought the whole time. He did a lot of really good things, but just wasn't able to do them consistently enough. He returned well and broke the guy a bunch of times. The last couple of weeks have been really, really positive for Roberto."
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Sergio Ramirez def. Joshua Zavala 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
(1) Artem Sitak def. Roberto Maytin 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Sergio Ramirez vs. (4) Jordan Cox