No. 29 Bogaerts Knocks Off No. 18 Gosea in NCAA Singles
May 21, 2014
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMTennis)
ATHENS, Ga. - Wake Forest's No. 29 Romain Bogaerts battled through hot conditions and a determined opponent to beat 18th-ranked Farris Gosea of Illinois 7-6 (4), 7-5 in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship on Wednesday in Athens, Ga.
In a match that featured only one break, No. 29 Bogaerts won a tight first set tiebreak and then saved three set points in the second set before going on to earn the win.
"It was a battle," said Bogaerts. "(Gosea) was making a lot of balls, I was making a lot of balls. Everybody in the tournament is really good, so it's lots of fun, and I felt really good."
Gosea, the 2014 Big Ten Athlete of the Year, had his chance leading 5-4 in the second set when he forced Bogaerts into a 0-40 hole, but the Wake Forest sophomore responded by winning the next eight points to hold and then put Gosea down 0-40 in the following game. Bogaerts eventually broke to go in front 6-5 and then served out the win.
"I was really focused (at 0-40)," said Bogaerts. "I told myself that I needed to play my best tennis right now. I served really well those points, kept my legs going, kept moving and got through the game."
With his win today, Bogaerts is the first Demon Deacon to reach the second round of the NCAA Singles Championship since Todd Paul in 2006. No Wake Forest player has ever advanced to the third round.
Bogaerts will move on to face Pepperdine's No. 28 Alex Sarkissian in the second round. Sarkissian upset No. 15 Brayden Schnur of North Carolina in a dramatic three-set thriller. Tomorrow's match times will be announced later this evening.