Matias Boeker Sweeps Three Titles
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) _ Matias Boeker of Georgia became the third player to sweep the NCAA men’s tennis titles.
Boeker, part of the team championship last week, won the singles and doubles titles Monday to join Stanford’s Alex O’Brien (1992) and Bob Bryan (1998) as the only players to win all three titles since the current format was adopted in 1977.
Boeker beat Virginia’s Brian Vahaly 6-2, 6-4 to take the singles title, then teamed with Travis Parrott to defeat SMU’s Johan Brunstrom and Jon Wallmark 6-4, 7-5.
``This is a dream come true for me,″ said Boeker, a sophomore from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Since losing six of eight matches in late February, Boeker finished the year winning 22 of 23 decisions.
``I knew his backhand was a little weaker,″ Vahaly said of his strategy. ``I wanted to hit high to his backhand. But he hits the ball so deep that it is hard to take control of the match.″
Boeker wanted to force the action.
``I wanted to keep the points short,″ he said. ``I wanted to keep him off balance and keep him moving.″
Boeker was set up to serve for the match at 5-3, after he stepped around a serve to hit a service-return winner on game point. But Vahaly broke back to get on serve.
Boeker led throughout the last game, capitalizing on his only break point with a deep crosscourt forehand that Vahaly netted.
Boeker’s effective attacking style was evidenced by his 30 winners, twice as many as Vahaly. Boeker also had four aces.
The doubles was more competitive. Boeker lost his serve once in each set, but Parrott held throughout. The Bulldogs won the last four games of each set. Brunstrom was up 40-love in the last game, but Georgia won the last six points and the match.