2008 USTA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS-BOYS' 18s & 16s
Kalamazoo College - Kalamazoo, Michigan - August 1-10, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008-Day One
I'm on a long road trip so I'm pacing myself. I sat down to watch the last two singles matches left at Stowe Stadium and they were worth the look. Matthew Sicora and Oscar Fabian Matthews were at 6-4,3-2 Oscar when I got there. Michael, who just signed to play for the University of Minnesota, was in the match all the way as the games were close and the points were good. Oscar managed to break and, with a 5-3 lead, had two match points, but Michael saved them and the battle continued a bit longer before he sealed it at 6-4.
Another great match was the last singles standing at the end of the day. I came in rather late -- after Will Reynolds had the first 6-3 and Matthew Siow squeezed out the second in a breaker -- and it was still going strong. The points were good ones and, like the previous match, it took three match points to finish it. But this match was tight down to the end, with Matthew emerging the winner.
It seemed that all the doubles matches were close ones today. I watched the first set of David Henry & Matt Walters vs. Andrew Jung & Mac McNulty into a tiebreaker won by the latter, however, David & Matt did come back to take the match in the third. It was side by side tiebreakers at Western Michigan University where the excitement was definitely in the court where the 11/9 breaker was won by Travis Filmore & Eric Sock over Rajeev Deb-Sen & Sebastian Fauchet (they also won the match). The second was a very long first set won by Matthew Kandath & Walker Kehrer (seeded No. 13, but never having played together) over Bobby Browning & Thomas Cook. They had a much easier second, only dropping one game.
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Oscar Fabian Matthews
Matt Walters & David Henry
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