Oct. 11, 2010
AUSTIN, TX – Derek DiFazio, a senior on the Clemson men’s tennis team is competing in the Roger Beasley Volvo 2010 Hill Country Classic Pro Circuit qualifying tournament.
On Saturday, DiFazio knocked out the #2 seed Antonio Ruiz-Rosales 6-4, 6-3. DiFazio jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and was able to hang on to win the first set after Rosales battled back to 4-3. The second set was back and forth until DiFazio hung on to hold serve at 1-2. After the hold, DiFazio ran the second set out 6-3.
Rosales has a career high ATP World singles ranking of #652 and doubles #473. Currently he is ranked #1049 singles and #738 doubles ATP. Rosales played for University of Georgia and was a member of their National Championship team, and went on to win the NCAA doubles crown with partner John Isner. Rosales is also a member of Mexico’s Davis Cup team.
“I am very excited about my level of play thus far in this tournament. I feel I have improved a great deal this fall through the solid training we have done. I look forward to competing at a high level this season for the team,” said DiFazio.
“We challenge all our players to play a complete match from start to finish. Derek did that today, and got the biggest win of his college career. Antonio was a top college player, and has had solid success of the pro circuit in singles and doubles. We are extremely proud of Derek’s effort, and most of all how he competed from start to finish,” said Tiger Assistant Coach John Boetsch.
DiFazio is a senior on the Clemson men’s tennis team and is a native of Smithtown, NY.
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