Incredible Comeback Gets Benjamin Lock into Round of 16

Florida State Tennis

by Federico Coppini
Incredible Comeback Gets Benjamin Lock into Round of 16

Tulsa, Okla. (Tallahassee) – Senior Benjamin Lock was down 5-4 and three match points in the third set, receiving serve from Oklahoma’s Alex Ghilea in the second round of Friday’s ITA All-American Championship.

From there, Lock rallied to break Ghilea’s serve to tie the match, then broke again at 6-5 to win the match 6-1, 1-6, 7-5.

Friday’s matches were moved inside due to inclement weather in the Tulsa area, but the 25th-ranked Lock showed no signs of fatigue from last night’s late-night doubles match, easily winning the first set 6-1.

No. 50 Ghilea responded with a 6-1 second set and led 4-1 in the third set before Lock won six of the final seven games.

“It was a tough match all round,” Lock said. “I thought that I outplayed him in the first set.

Credit to him in the second set, he came back really strong. The third set was a fight and I just tried to keep my intensity high and keep doing the right thing. When I was down match points I stayed in the moment and focused on the small details in every shot.

In the end it paid off and I’m really happy about this win.”

Lock will now play Tulane’s Dominik Koepfer in the Round of 16. Koepfer, the four-seed and No. 10 player in the country, was a 7-5, 6-1 winner Friday over Matic Spec of Minnesota.
Lock becomes the first Seminole player to reach the Round of 16 singles draw at the ITA All-American Championships since Jean-Yves Aubone won two matches in 2008.

No Seminole has ever reached the singles quarterfinals.

The University of Tulsa is hosting the Men’s ITA All-American Championships for the 11th consecutive season. Singles quarterfinalists and doubles finalists will receive an automatic entry into the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov.

12-15 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. A player from the ACC has won the singles championship each of the past five years.

Benjamin Lock