American Ben Testerman clawed his way into the quarter fin
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ American Ben Testerman clawed his way into the quarter finals of the $200,000 Black and Decker Indoor Tennis Championships at festival hall with a three-set victory over countryman Lloyd Bourne.
Testerman, the No. 2 seed, outlasted Bourne 7-6, 4-6. 7-5 and will now face Melbourne’s Peter McNamara in the quarter finals.
Bourne surprised Testerman in the second set with his power-packed serve, which gave the left-hander from Tennessee no chances for a break.
It was the first time the pair had met and Testerman said, ″He’s tough. I didn’t realize he would serve as well as he did and he was actually getting stronger in the second set.″
The match ended on a somewhat angry note when testerman held a match point against Bourne’s serve and looped a cross court forehand past the Californian. The ball, which landed on the sideline, was called in, but both players hesitated until the score was confirmed by the central umpire.
Bourne briefly disputed the call before trudging to the net to shake hands.
Testerman has never met McNamara before but said that from watching him on television it was obvious the Australian veteran’s comeback attempt is going well.