By: Alison Smalling, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) Sports Information Director
FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Embry-Riddle (Fla.) men’s tennis duo of Simon Felix and Deni Zmak registered a big upset in their first match of the USTA/ITA Indoor National Championship on Thursday, as they downed the third-seeded UCLA team of Marcos Giron and Mckenzie Macdonald 8-7 (7-5) at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
Both sides held serve until the third game when Giron and Macdonald registered a break and then held to go up 3-1. ERAU and UCLA stayed on serve again over the next six games, but in the 10th game of the eight-game pro set, the Eagles broke the Bruins to tie the score at 5-5. Consecutive holds for both teams led to a 7-7 deadlock, needing a tiebreak to determine the win.
Neither team was able to pull away in the tiebreak and with the score knotted at 5-5, Zmak stepped behind the service line. The Eagles won the next rally to go up 6-5 and then Zmak drilled a first-serve ace to clinch the upset for ERAU.
Zmak will be back on the court at 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon to take on the University of Oklahoma's Andrew Harris. Zmak and Felix will return to doubles action on Friday at a time to be determined.