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Schnur & Aragone Advance to Tallahassee Final; Galloway/Lammons Win Doubles Title; Gojo Looking Sharp in Turkey

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It'll be an All-ACC singles final on the campus of an ACC school after both Brayden Schnur and JC Aragone won their semifinal matches at the $25K USA F40 Futures in Tallahassee. Aragone (14.25), who had never made it past the first round of a pro event prior to this week, won a break-filled match over recent Tulane graduate Dominik Koepfer (14.43). Aragone started off the match by fighting off four break points to to hold in an eight-deuce game. There would then be five consecutive breaks until Koepfer stopped the streak with a hold for 3-3. Aragone then held, broke from 30/40, and held at love to take the opening set 6-3. Aragone opened up a double-break 3-0 lead in the second set before Koepfer broke and held to pull within 3-2. After three more holds Aragone would break Koepfer in a one-deuce game to close it out 6-3, 6-3 in 1 hour and 28 minutes. 

Schnur (14.42), who turned pro after his junior year at North Carolina, advanced to his third final of the year after a straight set win over Wil Spencer (14.85). Schnur jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening set before Spencer held, broke, and held to make it 5-3. Schnur held in a one-deuce game to close out the set 6-3 and then he followed that up by breaking Spencer to start the second set. Schnur maintained the break lead until Spencer broke for 3-3 and then Spencer took his first lead of the match with a hold for 4-3. Schnur held in a one-deuce game to even it at 4-4, broke from 30/40 to go up 5-4, and served it out from 40/30 to win it 6-3, 6-4. Schnur has a 2-3 record in singles finals with both of the wins coming in his native Canada. 

[8] Brayden Schnur (North Carolina '16*) def. Wil Spencer (Georgia '12) 6-3, 6-4
[Q] JC Aragone (Virginia Sr) def. Dominik Koepfer (Tulane '16) 6-3, 6-3
Rob Galloway and Nate Lammons won their first doubles title as a team after a tough three set win over Florida State's Aziz Dougaz and Guy Iradukunda. Galloway and Lammons rallied from a 3-1 first set deficit to take the opening set 6-4 but Dougaz and Iradukunda took the second set 7-5 after breaking at 6-5, 40/40. Dougaz and Iradukunda won the first point of the third set supertiebreak but they wouldn't lead again as Galloway and Lammons maintained a mini-break lead for most of the STB. Dougaz and Iradukunda fought off a pair of match points at 9-6 and 9-7 but Galloway and Lammons won he next one to take it 10-8. It was Galloway's fifth career doubles title and Lammons's second. (Pic via Kyle Spencer)
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Doubles Final 
[4] Robert Galloway (Wofford '15)/Nate Lammons (SMU '16) def. Aziz Dougaz (FSU Soph)/Guy Iradukunda (FSU Jr) 6-4, 5-7, 10-8
Wake Forest commit Borna Gojo (14.24) advanced to his first career singles final with a three set win over the top seed Marsel Ilhan (14.79) at the $10K Turkey F49 Futures in Antalya. Ilhan took the opening set 6-2 and had a double break 3-0 lead in the second before Gojo started his comeback. Gojo won three straight to even it at 3-3 and then after another exchange of breaks he fought off five break points to hold in a five-deuce game for 5-4. After a pair of holds, Gojo would break in a seven-deuce game to close out the second set 7-5. The third set stayed on serve until Ilhan broke for 4-3 but Gojo broke right back to even it at 4-4. Ilhan would break for 6-5 but he'd be unable to serve it out as Gojo broke from 30/40 to send it to a deciding tiebreak. Gojo dominated the tiebreak and finished it off 7-2 - next up in the final is 26-year old Aleksandar Lazov (14.92). 
Roughly 30 minutes after his singles match Gojo was back on court in the doubles final but he and his doubles partner Ondrej Krstev came up just short against Tuna Altuna and Alexander Pavlioutchenkov. After splitting sets, Gojo and Krstev led *9-7 in the third set supertiebreak but they couldn't close it out and lost 14-12.  
Hunter Callahan (Ohio State '15) and Nicholas Hu (Harvard '16) made it the doubles final at the $10K Dominican Republic F2 Futures in Santo Domingo but fell in straight sets to the top seeds Juan Galarza and Fernando Romboli. Callahan and Hu had a set point in the first set when Galarza/Romboli served at 5-6, 40/40 but they were unable to conver the no-ad point and then dropped the tiebreak 7-4. In the second set Callahan and Hu went up a break at 4-3 but they dropped the final three games to lose 7-6(4), 6-4. This was the second consecutive tournament where Callahan and Hu made a doubles final with the other coming in Great Britain in early November. 
2017 Rice commit Mohamed Abdel-Aziz made it to his career pro final but he and Youssef Hossam fell 6-1, 3-6, 10-6 to Chandril and Lakshit Sood at the $10K Egypt F36 Futures in Cairo. 
Tennessee freshman Scott Jones won the Australia 18 & Under Boys National Championship on Friday which earned him a spot in the qualifying draw of next month's Australian Open. Jones got a wild card into the 8-person championship draw and beat the 8th, 5th, and 4th seeds to win it. In addition to getting the AO qualifying wild card, Jones was also awarded a wildcard into the AO Play-off which is a 16-person draw with the winner getting a main draw wild card into the year's first grand slam.  JP Smith (Tennessee '11) is also participating in the men's draw while Georgia's Ellen Perez and Florida's Belinda Woolcock are participating in the women's draw. Perez participated in the doubles draw of last year's Australian Open and she was able to play in the singles draw of this year's US Open after winning Australia's reciprocal wild card by winning a qualifying tournament back in August. 


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