April 12, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. - No. 75 Wisconsin maintained their 11-match win streak against No. 58 Purdue in a thrilling come from behind, 4-3, victory on Friday night at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
"For these guys to be able to step up and overcome adversity was great to see," said head coach Greg Van Emburgh. "It puts us back in the hunt as a team that can play good tennis."
Usually strong in doubles play, the Badgers (11-9 overall, 2-6 Big Ten) dropped the doubles point, 2-1, to Purdue (16-8, 4-4).
Wisconsin got off to a strong start in doubles action with Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov defeating No. 79 Krisztian Krocsko and Szymon Tatarczyk, 8-5. The victory marked Bertha and Kostanov's second win over a ranked opponent this season.
At the No. 2 court, Alexander Kokorev and Petr Satral fell, 8-4, to Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne, splitting the doubles matches.
With the point down to court three, Jakhongir Jalalov and Oskar Wikberg fought their way through a close match, but ultimately fell, 8-6, to Mark Kovacs and Pawel Poziomski, giving Purdue the doubles point.
Purdue improved their lead to 3-0 with Satral's 6-1, 6-1 loss to Tatarczyk at court one and Frederik Strabo's 6-2, 6-2 loss to Mateus Silva at court six.
Refusing to give up, the Badgers grabbed their first point of the day when it mattered most as Kostanov defeated Kovacs, 6-3, 6-4. The victory marked Kostanov's first win at the number two court this season.
Jalalov continued the success in a hard fought win at court five to cut Purdue's lead to 3-2. Jalalov grabbed the first set in a close 7-6 (7-5) tiebreak against Krocsko before taking the match, 6-4 in the second set.
After falling, 6-1 in his first set against Poziomski, Bertha came back, taking the second set in a 7-6 (9-7) tiebreak. Knowing that the match was on the line, Bertha dominated with a 6-3 third set victory, tying up the score, 3-3 for the Badgers.
Wikberg found himself as the deciding point in a tied, 3-3 match for the second time this season. After getting off to a tough start, dropping the first set 7-6 (7-3) to Dujovne, Wikberg rallied back to give the Badgers hope for a win. With the team cheering him on, Wikberg took the final two sets, 6-3, 6-1, clinching the win for Wisconsin.
"This should bring a lot of confidence to the guys," said Van Emburgh. "They should feel good about their games again. We should be able to be back on track competing at a high level, looking to play our best tennis on Sunday."
The Badgers look for their third Big Ten victory on Sunday at 1 p.m. as they host No. 56 Indiana at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
WISCONSIN 4 PURDUE 3
1. Billy Bertha/Alexander Kostanov (WIS) def. #79 Krisztian Krocsko/Szymon Tatarczyk (PUR): 8-5
2. Diego Acosta/Aaron Dobradin (PUR) def. Alexander Kokorev/Petr Satral (WIS): 8-4
2. Mark Kovacs/Pawel Poziomski (PUR) def. Jakhongir Jalalov/Oskar Wikberg (WIS): 8-6
Order of Completion: 1, 2, 3
1. Szymon Tatarczyk (PUR) def. Petr Satral (WIS): 6-1, 6-3
2. Alexander Kostanov (WIS) def. Mark Kovacs (PUR): 6-3, 6-4
3. Billy Bertha (WIS) def. Pawel Poziomski (PUR): 1-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
4. Oskar Wikberg (WIS) def. Aaron Dujovne (PUR): 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 6-1
5. Jakhongir Jalalov (WIS) def. Krisztian Krocsko (PUR): 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
6. Mateus Silva (PUR) def. Frederik Strabo (WIS): 6-2, 6-2
Order of Completion: 1, 6, 2, 5, 3, 4