When play began on Monday if you'd have said that 3 of the top 4 men's seeds would make it the semifinals and the 1 that wouldn't was JJ Wolf you'd have turned a lot of heads. Well that's where we are at after No. 1 Nuno Borges, No. 3 Alex Rybakov, and No. 4 Paul Jubb won their quarterfinal matches with No. 7 Aleks Kovacevic rounding out the foursome.
Mississippi State senior Nuno Borges won his 30th consecutive match and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals for the third year in a row with a straight set win over USC junior Brandon Holt. Borges broke Holt to go ahead 5-3 in the first but Holt broke back and held for 5-5. After Borges held for 6-5, he broke to take the set 7-5. In the second set, Borges jumped out to a 4-1 lead but Holt would hold and break to put it back on serve at 4-3. Borges broke back and then served it out to win 7-5, 6-3.
"I felt I had momentum at the end of the first set, so I just trusted that," Borges said in MSU's recap. "I stayed tough, I ended up getting a break in a crucial moment. I took that into the second set. I finished on a good one, so I'm happy about that. Every match here is hard, and I have to learn every single match. I'm very happy to have gotten this far again, and being able to do so three years in a row is amazing. It just shows how hard I've worked all year."
Last year Borges fell in the semifinals to Wake's Borna Gojo 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 after having three match points in the second set. The year prior Borges went down to then UNC freshman William Blumberg 6-2, 7-6(1).
Borges's semifinal opponent this year will be TCU senior Alex Rybakov who defeated UNC junior William Blumberg in three sets. In the first set, Rybakov broke Blumberg's 4-5 service game on the deciding point to take the first set 6-4. Blumberg came back in the second set with three breaks of Rybakov's serve to win the set 6-3. In the final frame, it was Rybakov breaking Blumberg for 2-1 and then he'd had one more break before serving it out for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win.
Rybakov joins Cameron Norrie as the only other TCU men's player to make the semifinals and will now have to try and defeat Borges who just defeated him in straight sets two weeks ago.
Rybakov on previewing his match against #1 Nuno Borges in semifinals, "I’m excited. I’ve played him three times this year, I know he hasn’t lost in the dual matches so he’s definitely in form. I know he’s going to bring it. I played him earlier this year and beat him outdoors. Indoors we were tight and didn’t finish. Then he beat me outdoors two weeks ago pretty clean. I know he’s going to bring it and I’m going to have to play my best match."
South Carolina junior Paul Jubb became the first South Carolina man to advance to the semifinals since Guillaume Legat in 2001 after defeating Mississippi State junior Giovanni Oradini in straight sets. In the opening set each player broke twice but Jubb came through in a tiebreak 7-4 and then in the second set Jubb jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Oradini won the next three to even it at 3-3 but Jubb finished the match by holding at love, breaking, and then holding at love again to win 7-6(4), 6-3.
Jubb's semifinal opponent will be Illinois junior Aleks Kovacevic who battled past Florida freshman Sam Riffice in three close sets. Riffice served for the first set up 5-4 but Kovacevic broke and held to go in front 6-5. Riffice held and then rolled through the tiebreak 7-2. Riffice served for the match in the second set up 5-3 but Kovacevic broke and held for 5-5. After Riffice held for 6-5, Kovacevic fought off a match point to force a tiebreak. Riffice went ahead 3-1 in the tiebreak but Kovacevic came back to take it 7-5. Kovacevic jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the final set and would close it out 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
Kovacevic is the third Illinois man to reach the semifinals joining Kevin Anderson (2007) and Amer Delic (2003).
"Obviously I am proud of Kova," said Illinois Brad Dancer. "He had very little control for most of that match. A large part of that credit goes to Sam (Riffice). He is a phenomenal player and took everything away from Kova."
In talking about Kovacevic's semifinal opponent, "We were able see Paul (Jubb) against Zeke (Clark) in the Fall, so we know how good he is," said Dancer.
Riffice's post-match interview is available at this link.
Both men's semifinals will get underway at 4 pm eastern and will be televised on the Tennis Channel.
 Estela Perez-Somarriba (Miami FL Jr/ESP) def. Asuka Kawai (Illinois So/JPN) 6-4, 6-4
Cameron Morra (UNC Fr/USA) def. Felicity Maltby (Texas Tech Sr/USA) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
Kelly Chen (Duke So/USA) def. Sara Daavettila (UNC Jr/USA) 6-3, 6-4
 Katarina Jokic (UGA Soph/SRB) def. Jada Hart (UCLA Jr/USA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
 Estela Perez-Somarriba (Miami FL Jr/ESP) vs. Cameron Morra (UNC Fr/USA) - NB 5 pm
 Katarina Jokic (UGA Soph/SRB) vs. Kelly Chen (Duke So/USA) - NB 5 pm
Patrick Kaukovalta/Mazen Osama (Alabama) def. Murkel Dellien/Marius Frosa (Wichita State) 6-3, 7-6(5)
[5-8] Timo Stodder/Preston Touliatos (Tenn) def.  Nuno Borges/Strahinja Rakic (Miss State) 6-4, 5-7, 10-5
 Max Cressy/Keegan Smith (UCLA) def. Joel Gamerov/August Holmgren (USD) 7-6(4), 6-3
 Max Cressy/Keegan Smith (UCLA) vs. [5-8] Timo Stodder/Preston Touliatos (Tenn) - NB 7 pm
Three of the top four women's seeds advanced to the double semifinals with USC's Angela Kulikov and Rianna Valdes leading the charge after a 6-1, 6-2 win over Tulsa's Martina Okalova and Vera Ploner. USC's Kulikov and Valdes are the third USC women's pair to advance to the semifinals.
UCLA's Gabby Andrews and Ayan Broomfield will meet their crosstown rivals in the semifinals after a 4-6, 6-1, 10-7 win over UNC's Makenna Jones and Cameron Morra. The third set tiebreak was tied at 3-3 at the first changeover and Andrews and Broomfield led 7-5 at the second changeover. The UCLA duo upped their lead to 9-6 before winning it 10-7.
South Carolina's Ingrid Gamarra Martins and Mia Horvit became just the second SC women's duo to reach the semifinals after a 7-5, 6-4 win over NC State's Anna Rogers and Alana Smith.
Michigan's Kate Fahey and Brienne Minor become the first UM women's duo to advance to the semifinals after a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 win over Georgia's Lourdes Carle and Katarina Jokic. Fahey and Minor had a 9-5 lead in the tiebreak but Carle and Jokic got it back on serve at 9-8. Fahey and Minor would get the break back and close it out on the next point.
Women's Doubles Quarterfinals
 Angela Kulikov/Rianna Valdes (USC) def. Martina Okalova/Vera Ploner (Tulsa) 6-1, 6-2
 Gabby Andrews/Ayan Broomfield (UCLA) def. [5-8] Makenna Jones/Cameron Morra (UNC) 4-6, 6-1, 10-7
 Ingrid Gamarra Martins/Mia Horvit (South Carolina) def. [5-8] Anna Rogers/Alana Smith (NCST) 7-5, 6-4
Kate Fahey/Brienne Minor (Michigan) def. Lourdes Carle/Katarina Jokic (UGA) 6-2, 3-6, 10-8
Women's Doubles Semifinals
 Angela Kulikov/Rianna Valdes (USC) vs.  Gabby Andrews/Ayan Broomfield (UCLA) - NB 8 pm
 Ingrid Gamarra Martins/Mia Horvit (South Carolina) vs. Kate Fahey/Brienne Minor (Michigan) - NB 8 pm
**Quotes are from the school's recaps or the USTA National Campus's daily recap.