Blaz Rola Advances to Second Round at Australian Open
Jan. 14, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Blaz Rola, the 2013 NCAA singles champion and former member of the Ohio State men’s tennis team, advanced to the second round of the 2014 Australian Open Tuesday afternoon after defeating Federico Delbonis of Argentina, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in the opening round of the men’s singles main draw in Melbourne Park, Australia.
“I’m not shocked at all that he won his match,” said Ty Tucker, head coach and director of Ohio State tennis. “We thought as a coaching staff that college tennis has made him more of an all-around tennis player. He faced a guy that beat Roger Federer on a clay court six months ago but did not have as much experience on hard courts as Rola has gained after playing college tennis the last three years.”
“Blaz always was a true professional and I don’t think he’s won his last match at the 2014 Australian Open,” said Tucker.
In a match that lasted two hours and eight minutes, Rola claimed break points in both the first and second sets, respectively, against Delbonis, who came into the match ranked 55th in the world in singles. The four-time ITA All-American then broke Delbonis’ serve for the third time in the third set to win, 7-5, and claim his first career Grand Slam victory.
Check back at OhioStateBuckeyes.com for schedule of events for the second round of the singles main draw of the Australian Open.
The total purse for the 2014 Australian Open for men’s singles main draw is at $23,870,000. A complete breakdown of the purse winnings can be found here.
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