We will have to wait a bit longer until the APTA Ranking shows that Drew Broderick and Chris Gambino are the best team in the country. They are most likely to move up only one spot to number 3 when the first official ranking of the season is released. In the mean time Drew and Chris keep winning matches and tournaments. Their last victory came today in Chicago at the 2011 Charities. They beat National Champions Mark Parsons and Mike Stulac in an exciting match by scores of 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
In the final match Broderick-Gambino came back from a 0-2 deficit in the final set. Seven breaks in the last set are a clear prove that the return of serve is a huge advantage at the highest level.
In the quarters and semifinals something not that common happened: all top seeded teams made it through. In the first semifinal Parsons-Stulac beat local favorites Peter Berka and Drew Eberly 6-4, 6-2. This was the same team that last year, in this very tournament, beat the current National Champions 6-0, 6-0. Clearly things were much different this time around.
The second semifinals featured the defending champs Juan Arraya and Alex Bancila versus Broderick-Gambino. After a 20 minutes first game, the spectators got confortable on their seats for what it was a great display of paddle. Although Arraya-Bancila thought long and hard about how to beat Broderick-Gambino, they couldn’t find an answer for them. It was all set for a #1 versus #2 seeds final. After the match, Bancila said:
Lost a tough one, good, long match. They were a little better today and totally deserved to win.
Other finals include:
- Quarters Reprieve – M.Marino-Schmidgall def. DeRose-Lubow 6-2, 6-0
- 16s Reprieve – Neave-B. Smith def. M. Johnson-Warner NSR
- 32s Reprieve – J. Barnes-O’Neil def. Bakker-Reed NSR
- Consolation – Garavaglia-Kempner def. Doskarayev-Fischl 7-6, 6-3
- Men’s 90s+ – Noble-Workman def. Goldman-Usher NSR
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