Oct. 5, 2010
Senior Matteo Fago defeated his second ranked opponent of the season Tuesday to move one match away from the main draw at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
Fago earned the 75th win of his career with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 80 Eliot Potvin of Georgia Tech in the second round of qualifying.
Fago, a native of Ceprano, Italy, faces Dominic Hogsdon of North Carolina State on Wednesday. The winner advances to the main draw, which begins Thursday.
Sophomore Tennys Sandgren's run ended in qualifying Tuesday. He was upset 7-6 (4), 6-2 by Dean Jackson of San Diego in the second round. In the afternoon, Sandgren and Fago lost 8-6 to 23rd-ranked Emanuel Brighui and Chris Price of TCU in the first round of doubles qualifying.
For Fago, the third round of singles qualifying is new territory. Even the second round was something he had never experienced. As a sophomore, he lost in the first round of qualifying and did not compete in the All-American last year.
He has a 3-1 record this season, with two of those wins coming against ranked opponents. He beat 49th-ranked Calin Paar of Nebraska in three sets at the UVa Ranked Plus One Invitational.
ITA All-American Championships
Matteo Fago, UT, def. (24-32) Eliot Potvin, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 6-3
Dean Jackson, San Diego, def. (24-32) Tennys Sandgren, UT, 7-6 (4), 6-2
Matteo Fago, UT, vs. Dominic Hogsdon, North Carolina State
(1) Emanuel Brighiu/Chris Price, TCU, def. Matteo Fago/Tennys Sandgren, UT, 8-6