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Tennis Briefs(2): U.S. Fed Cup Forced to Playoff; UF Men Edge FSU

February 7, 2011 10:17 AM
U.S. Faces Showdown to Stay in Fed Cup World Group
 
FedCupLogoThe United States’ loss to Belgium last weekend means they will face a fight to stay in the Fed Cup World Group when the Fed Cup World Group Playoff is held on April 16-17, 2011.
 
Led by 2011 Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters, the Belgians swept the U.S. 3-0 in live matches when Clijsters posted wins over the U.S.’s Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Melanie Oudin, and Belgian Yanina Wickmayer also defeated Oudin.
 
It was the first time in 10 years and only the third time in the history of competition that the U.S. has lost in the first round. 
 
In the April World Group Playoffs, the four World Group first-round losers (U.S., Australia, France, Slovak Republic) will be joined by the four World Group II first-round winners (Germany, Serbia, Spain and Ukraine). One team from each group will be matched up, with the winners moving into the World Group for 2012, and the losers relegated to the World Group II for 2012.
 
 
Florida Edges Florida State 4-3 in Men’s Tennis Rivalry
 
The No. 7-ranked Florida Gators improved to 6-0, and the No. 27-ranked Florida State men’s team dropped to 5-3 when UF edged FSU 4-3 on Sunday at the Scott Speicher Tennis Center in Tallahassee.
 
It was the Gators’ fourth straight match win over Florida State.
 
“It was a great college tennis match,” said head coach Dwayne Hultquist. “Anytime you lose 4-3 you’re going to be disappointed and I think we’re disappointed. I felt like we could have won the match and we didn’t. I thought the crowd was very inspiring and a very fun environment to play in.” 
 
The final match came down to FSU’s Blake Davis and UF’s Nassim Slilam on court four. Slilam came back to win 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 over the cramping freshman Davis, who was at one point forced to serve underhanded.
 
“I thought we were close,” Hultquist said. “Maybe if Blake (Davis) doesn’t cramp he wins the match. We had four three-set matches and won two. Had we been able to get court three and five into the third set, I think that would have made a difference.”
 
RESULTS
 
No. 7 Florida def. No. 27 Florida State 4-3
 
Doubles
1) Smith/Mirzadeh (FSU) def. No. 11 Lacroix/Slilam (UF) 8-5
2) Bucaro/Reed (FSU) def. Bangoura/Butz (UF) 8-3
3) Federhofer/van Overbeek (UF) def. Bowles/Davis (FSU) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1*
 
Singles
1) No. 42 Vahid Mirzadeh (FSU) def. No. 4 Alexandre Lacroix (UF) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
2) No. 37 Clint Bowles (FSU) def. No. 52 Bob van Overbeek (UF) 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3
3) No. 28 Sekou Bangoura (UF) def. Connor Smith (FSU) 6-1, 7-5
4) Nassim Slilam (UF) def. Blake Davis (FSU)4-6, 7-5, 6-2
5) Spencer Newman (UF) def. Anderson Reed (FSU) 6-4, 7-5
6) Billy Federhofer (UF) def. Andres Bucaro (FSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 5, 1, 6, 2, 4*
 
 

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