Clayton Defeats Sayer In Three Sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
May 21, 2008
TULSA, Okla. - Stanford freshman Alex Clayton, ranked seventh in the nation, defeated Radford's No. 103 Martin Sayer today in three sets in the Round of 64 at the NCAA Singles Championships in Tulsa, Okla. With the win, Clayton advances to the Round of 32 and will face UCLA's No. 23 Harel Srugo tomorrow.
The match was very tight, as Clayton and Sayer traded points back and forth. Sayer took the first set 4-6, and Clayton battled back to take the second stanza by the same score, forcing the deciding third try. Clayton stayed strong and focused, capturing the third set with another score of 6-4.
'Sayer was excellent,' commented head coach John Whitlinger. 'It was a very competitive and hard fought match, and a few points here and there decided it. Alex played very well to take the match.'
Clayton's match tomorrow against Pac-10 foe Srugo will be a chance for the Cardinal standout to avenge the three-set loss suffered to the Bruin in a dual match on April 5. In that duel, Srugo came out on top by a score of 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
'Alex is happy he gets the chance to play [Srugo] again,' added Whitlinger. 'He's looking forward to it immensely.'
The time of tomorrow's match between the Pac-10 opponents has yet to be determined, but upon its availability it will be posted at Tulsa's Tournament Central page. The winner of the match will play the winner of Florida State's No. 13 Jean-Yves Aubone and Ohio State's No. 16 Bryan Koniecko on Friday.