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Apr 05, 2019

Tigers Lose 4-3 Heartbreaker to Louisville Friday

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“I am proud of the fight our team showed today. We battled the entire match, both doubles and singles, but came up a little short. We also had an awesome crowd today. Thanks to our fans for their incredible support.

“The guys worked hard on doubles this week and did a better job executing the right shots at the right times. On a few singles courts, when we got up in the set or game we weren’t disciplined enough, and because of that, didn’t capitalize to close out sets. This allowed Louisville back in and ultimately it cost us. Credit to Louisville.”

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CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson won the doubles point, and Simon Baudry and Yizhou Liu earned wins at the top of the singles lineup, but Louisville handed the Tigers a heartbreaking 4-3 loss on Friday afternoon at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility. With the loss, Clemson is now 8-14 (1-8 ACC), while the Cardinals improved to 15-9 (3-6 ACC) with the win.

Louisville struck first in doubles, winning at No. 1, but the Tigers No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams fought back to clinch the point. The duo of Teodor Giusca and Carlos Kelaidis picked up a 6-4 win at No. 3, and were followed by another 6-4 victory, by Pierre-Louis Dodens and Jacob Jahn at No. 2.

Baudry earned a solid 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 115 Christopher Morin-Kougougcheff at No. 1 singles to give Clemson a 2-0 lead. Louisville then won at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles, in that order, to take a 3-2 lead. Liu won a three-set thriller at No. 2 singles, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. In the first set, Liu trailed 1-4 before coming back to claim the 6-4 win. In a battle at No. 3 singles, Giusca lost the first set in a tiebreak, fought back to win the second, and then fell in the heartbreaking third set, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, to Sergio Hernandez, who solidified the win for the Cardinals.

The Tigers host 21st-ranked NC State on Sunday, April 7 at the Duckworth Family Tennis Facility. The 11 a.m. match is Senior Day for Simon Baudry and Reed Rabideau, and both players will be honored in a ceremony prior to the match.