Zerbini Falls to Klahn in ITA Regional Singles Final
Oct. 27, 2009
BERKELEY - No. 42-ranked California men's tennis junior Pedro Zerbini fell, 7-5, 6-3, to No. 15-ranked Bradley Klahn of Stanford in the singles championship match of the 2009 Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championship Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Hellman Tennis Complex. The Golden Bears earned the tournament's team trophy as Cal players posted the most singles and doubles victories throughout the five-day event.
The pair opened the first set on serve through the first four games but Zerbini earned the first break in the fifth as Klahn's cross-court shot went wide. Unfazed, Klahn broke back to even the score with a cross-court shot that stayed in as Zerbini charged the net. Zerbini answered once more to go up, 4-3, as he broke the Stanford serve for a second consecutive time but Klahn fought back once more to even things at four-all. Klahn held serve once more and went up, 40-15, in the 10th game but Zerbini fought off four set-points to tie the set at five games each. Klahn turned to his serve to stay on top as a service ace earned him a 6-5 lead. Zerbini served the 12th game but fell behind early to allow Klahn to claim a 7-5 win in the first set.
Klahn earned the first break of the second set to lead, 3-1, before serving out the fifth game for a 4-1 lead as he put a ball out of Zerbini's reach down the line. Zerbini maintained his poise and served his way to a win in the sixth game as he crushed a service ace down the center of the court to earn game-point. Klahn held up once more to go up, 5-2, before Zerbini won his serve to send the set to a ninth game. One more time, Klahn held fast to earn the final game of the match for a 7-5, 6-3 win.
Klahn becomes the third consecutive Stanford player to win the men's ITA Northwest Regional singles title following Alex Clayton (2008) and Richard Wire (2007). As part of the top-seeded and No. 8-ranked doubles team with Clayton, Klahn also took home the doubles title with an 8-3 victory against Mirko Zapletal and Taylor Leiby of Fresno State.
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2009 Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional ChampionshipHellman Tennis Complex | Berkeley, Calif.Monday, October 27, 2009
Singles Final No. 15 Bradley Klahn (STAN) def.  No. 42 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) 7-5. 6-3