Bryan Edges Mamiit to Reach Semifinals at First Serve
Entertainment Men’s Tennis Championship
By Fred Sidhu
Tarzana, Ca. – In a match between two former NCAA
singles champions, Bob Bryan defeated fourth-seeded Cecil Mamiit, 7-6
(2), 6-7 (4), 6-3 to advance to the semifinals of the First Serve
Entertainment Men’s Tennis Championship.
Bryan, who won the NCAA singles title in 1998 while
playing for Stanford, broke Mamiit four times in the final set on his
way to the victory, which took two-hours and four-minutes.
Mamiit, the 1996 NCAA singles champion, served to
stay in the match at 3-5 in the third set but failed to put away an
overhead on game point, as Bryan returned the shot with a topspin lob
Bryan won the next two points to break Mamiit’s
serve and seal the win.
“I’ve been playing a lot of doubles, but I still
feel my game has been improving even though I haven’t been playing a
lot of singles,” Bryan said.
“Hopefully I can keep building in every match. I
feel like I’m getting better and better,” he added. “I feel like I
can be (in the) top 50 if I just get some shots and break through.”
Also advancing to the semifinals were qualifier Eric
Taino, who defeated Sweden’s Bjorn Rehnquist, 6-4, 6-1 and Bjorn Phau
of Germany, a 6-4, 6-2 winner over Fresno’s Robert Kendrick.
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Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s final begin at
The First Serve Entertainment Men’s Tennis
Championship is a $50,000 Challenger event. The tournament is part of
the United States Tennis Association Professional Circuit.