Nov. 11, 2011
For the first time in 15 months, former Vol Adam Hubble is back in the doubles final of a Challenger event, this time in Knoxville with Frederik Nielsen.
Hubble and Nielsen jumped ahead early and never looked back in the semifinals of the Knoxville Challenger, beating Cheng-Peng Hsieh and Hsin-Han Lee 6-2, 6-3 at Goodfriend Tennis Center on Friday.
They play in the championship match Sunday.
The semifinal contest Friday featured much less drama for Hubble and Nielsen than the quarterfinal match the day before, when they faced a match point in the third-set tiebreaker en route to beating top seeds Martin Emmrich and Andreas Siljestrom.
The first set rolled quickly as Hubble and Nielsen broke Hsieh and Lee twice on their way to winning 6-2. Hsieh and Lee led to start the second set 3-1, but Hubble and Nielsen reeled off five consecutive games to clinch the set 6-3 and book their spot in the finals.
Hubble, who lettered for the Vols in 2006-07, is now back in the doubles final of a Challenger since reaching the last round of the Lexington Challenger in July 2010 with fellow former Vol and Aussie Kaden Hensel. Hubble missed nearly nine months on tour because of an elbow injury.
Hubble and Nielsen have a day off before their final match, where they play either Fruttero and Klaasen or Steve Johnson and Austin Krajicek on Sunday on the Vols' home courts.
Admission is $10.