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Hansson & Callahan Have Big Day In Edwardsville; Sinclair & Broom Win A Doubles Title In Belgium

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Friday was a good day at the Edwardsville (IL) USA F27 Futures for Ole Miss rising senior Gustav Hansson and 2015 Ohio State graduate Hunter Callahan. Both Hansson and Callahan won their quarterfinal round singles matches then later in the day they teamed up to win the doubles title. 

Callahan advanced to his second career singles semifinal after coming back from a set down to defeat Florida rising junior Alfredo Perez. Callahan won the opening two games of the match but Perez took six of the next seven games to claim the opening set 6-3. In the second set Callahan broke Perez for 3-1 and would go on to take the set 6-1. In the final set Callahan broke Perez for 2-1 and added a second break for 5-2. Perez broke back at love and then held for 5-4 but Callahan served it out in a one-deuce game to take it 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. 

Callahan's semifinal opponent will be Or Ram-Harel after the former Tulsa Golden Hurricane advanced to his second career semifinal, first since 2013, with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Harry Bourchier. Ram-Harel, who is just a couple of courses short of getting his degree, broke Bourchier five times while holding serve seven of nine times himself. Ram-Harel is now 19-3 since playing his final collegiate match in May while Callahan is 44-20 on the year. Neither player has made it to a singles final so it'll be a first for whomever comes out on top. 

Gustav Hansson dropped his first set of the week but he still managed to advance to his first career semifinal with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Kevin King (Georgia Tech '12). Hansson was broke at love to start the third set but he broke back from 15/40 to even it at 1-1. Hansson broke in a one-deuce game to go up 4-2 and then he held two more times to close it out.  

It looked like Hansson would meet Wake Forest rising sophomore Borna Gojo in the semifinals but Genaro Olivieri came back from a 5-7, 2-5 deficit to win 5-7, 7-5, 6-2. Gojo had a match point on Olivieri's 2-5 service game but after he failed to convert Olivieri ran off 18 of the next 23 points to force a third set. Olivieri broke Gojo three times in the final frame to pull away for the win in 2 hours and 16 minutes



Hansson and Callahan won their first doubles title as a team after knocking off the top seeds Alex Lawson (Notre Dame '16) and Robert Galloway (Wofford '15) 6-3, 6-4. Hansson and Callahan fought off the three break points they faced while they broke Lawson and Galloway twice. The doubles title was the second of the year for Callahan while it was the first of Hansson's career. Scott Marion's article (linked in the tweet) from the Edwardsville Intelligencer has quotes from Callahan, Hansson, and Lawson and also talks about how Callahan and Hansson decided to team up together. 


It was a banner day for the Ivy League as Cornell's Colin Sinclair ('17) and Dartmouth's Charlie Broom (rising sophomore) teamed up to win the doubles title at the Belgium F8 Futures in Eupen. Sinclair and Broom dropped the opening set 6-4 to the top seeds Tom Schonenberg and Colin van Beem but they came back to take the second set 6-1. Sinclair and Broom jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the third set supertiebreak and they'd go on to win it 10-5. The title was the first for both players.


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