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Florida's Domijan Shocks No. 1 Seed at Wimbledon Juniors

July 1, 2009 07:00 AM

Wesley Chapel, Florida's Alex Domijan, unseeded in the boy's junior draw at Wimbledon, on Wednesday delivered a shock in ousting top-seeded Daniel Berta of Sweden 6-3, 6-3 to advance into the quarterfinals.

It was the second seeded scalp for Domijan, who in the second round upset No. 13 Cheng Peng Hsieh of Taipei.

In the semifinals Domijan will square off against fellow unseeded American Devin Britton, who defeated him last week on grass at the AEGON International Junior Championships in Roehampton, a prelude to the Wimbledon Junior Championships.

Britton is the reigning NCAA Singles Champion, hailing from Jackson, Miss. Other U.S. boys entered directly into the main draw were Denis Kudla, Arlington, Va.; Tennys Sandgren, Gallatin, Tenn.; Evan King, Chicago; Mitchell Frank, Annandale, Va.; and Harry Fowler, Houston.

Jordan Cox of Duluth, Ga., qualified to the main draw and has also reached the quarters, and will next face No. 4 seed Agustin Velotti of Argentina. If Cox advances to the semis he would face the Domijan-Britton winner.

“I’m really excited about Domijan’s potential," said U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe last March when Domijan was a U.S. team practice partner. "He’s a 17-year-old from Wesley Chapel, Fla. and currently ranked No. 1 in the boys’ 18s and No. 14 in the ITF World Junior Rankings. He reached the semifinals at the Orange Bowl and won the Eddie Herr last year. He plays a very good game -- he’s solid all-around. He needs to work on his serve. It’s something that we’ve already been working on together. I really like his attitude. He seems very professional and I think he’s very driven and I like the way he plays. He’s got a good solid game and moves pretty well for someone his size (Domijan is 6 feet 7 inches tall). He’s definitely shown us something this week. I’ve noticed that with his shot selection, he doesn’t go for too much if its not there. He’s technically very sound and has good hands at the net. He seems to do everything well. He’s seventeen, so obviously he’ll get stronger and thicker as he grows into his body.”

 

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