PALO ALTO, Calif. ?- 57th-ranked Arizona senior Roger Matalonga stunned second-ranked John Isner of Georgia in the second round of the NCAA tournament, 7-5 (7-5), 6-4. Matalonga advances to the round of 16 and earns his second All-American honor with the win. This is only Isner’s third loss of the year. Matalonga improves to 22-14 on the year while Isner finishes 42-3. Yesterday, Matalonga defeated No. 35 Roger Gubser to advance. This is Matalonga’s second appearance in the singles portion of the NCAA tournament. Last season, Matalonga fell in the first round.
“I came into the match with a strategy that I would have to make him do something big,” said Matalonga. “I played aggressive on his second serve. The first set was close; I was five down in breaker but I was able to come back and that momentum paid off in the second set. Becoming an All-American in singles was my goal all year and it feels great to have achieved it.”
Matalonga won the first set after being down 5-1 in the tiebreaker. In the second set, Matalonga broke Isner’s serve to claim his sixth point and win the match.
“Roger played a composed and smart match,” said head coach Tad Berkowitz. “The guy is 6’ 8” and has a huge serve and Roger just mentally hung in there and waited for his opportunities and took advantage of them. He outplayed the guy and deserved to win. It was one of those matches where you have to stay patient and wait for opportunities and hang in there.”
Tomorrow, Matalonga will face No. 32 Sheeva Parbhu from Notre Dame. The match time will not be available until later tonight. A live scoreboard will be available at http://gostanford.cstv.com/livestats/tennis/StanfordTennis.html/.
NCAA 2nd ROUND ?- SINGLES
(57) Roger Matalonga (UA) def (2) John Isner (Georgia) ?- 7-5 (7-5), 6-4