Peter Smith Prevails Again In USTA 40s Hard Court Action

Dec. 7, 2006

USC men's tennis head coach Peter Smith made it a clean sweep of the USTA National 40s Hard Court Championships, capturing his second straight singles titles as well as claiming the double crown in the action that ran Nov. 27-Dec. 6 in La Jolla, Calif. Smith dropped Carlsbad's Martin Barba 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in the singles championship match. And in the doubles title match with partner Paul Settles, the pair downed top-seeded John Tyrell/Ross Hessler 6-1, 7-6 (5).

Smith had fought through a three-set match in the singles semifinals as well, coming back against Matthew Litsky to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 and earn the right to defend his 40s title. In the doubles semifinal, Smith and Settles beat fifth-seeded Litsky and Weiner 7-5, 6-3 to move into the final.

The top seed in the tournament, Smith had a bye for the first round before getting a 6-2, 6-0 win over Premysl Placek in the Round of 64. Smith followed that with another decisive victory in the Round of 32, beating Eric Burke 6-3, 6-1. Smith's first of three consecutive three-set battles came next, starting with a 6-0, 6-7 (6), 6-2 quarterfinal victory over Douglas Elly, which moved him into the semis where he continued his winning run to the championship.

Smith and Settles were the No. 2 seed in the double draw, and the pair pinned up a 6-3, 6-3 win in the Round of 32 against Conway/Failla. The due ensured a quarterfinal spot with a 6-2, 6-4 win in the Round of 16 against Bonner/Davidson, then dropped Nichols/Rorbach 6-3, 6-2 in the quarters to set up their successful trip through the semis and final on the way to doubles victory.

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