LSU's Nikola Samardzic and Julian Saborio
Steve Franz

Tiger Duo Advances to Doubles Rd. of 16 in ITA Regional

Alissa Cavaretta
Alissa Cavaretta
Communications Graduate Assistant

BATON ROUGE – LSU men’s tennis tandem Julian Saborio and Nikola Samardzic battled to earn an 8-4 victory on the doubles court Saturday evening against Troy’s Shaaz Peerani and Jorge Poyatos to advance to the doubles round of 16 on Day 3 of the ITA Southern Regional at the LSU Tennis Complex.

The tournament schedule for Sunday is as follows. The singles quarterfinals will begin at 9 a.m. CT. It will be followed by the doubles round of 16 and the doubles quarterfinals at 1 p.m. CT and 3 p.m. CT, respectively.

LSU as a Major Tournament Host
The LSU men’s tennis team last hosted the first and second round of the NCAA Championships in May 2009. The ITA Southern Regional marks the first time since the inception of the LSU Tennis Complex that the men will have a major tournament in Baton Rouge. In 2016, the LSU women’s tennis team hosted the SEC Tournament.

About the LSU Tennis Complex
The LSU Tennis Complex features 12 outdoor courts and six indoor courts. Housed inside of the indoor facility are players’ lounges, locker rooms, a cardio room, a satellite training room and coaches’ offices for both the men’s and women’s teams. There is a total of 1,400 seats facing the outdoor courts, and inside the Tigers can host tournaments in front of more than 300 fans. Point-by-point scoring is available through Daktronics scoreboards on all 18 courts within the facility for an enhanced fan experience. Admission to the LSU Tennis Complex is free. The LSU Tennis Complex has a Geaux Clear policy, requiring all fans and spectators to have a clear bag to speed up gate entries and enhance fan safety. Parking for the ITA Southern Regional will be available across from the LSU Tennis Complex at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Live Stats, Updated Brackets
Live stats will be available for each of the main draw matches throughout the rest of the weekend will be available online at LSUstats.com. For updated tournament brackets, results and other information, fans can go to LSUsports.net/ITASouthernRegional and follow updates on Facebook.com/lsutennis and Twitter @lsutennis.

Brandi’s Corner
“It was an up-and-down day overall,” co-head coach Chris Brandi said. “I was a little disappointed with Nikola (Samardzic)’s match today. I don’t think he played consistently well today. There were spots where he looked like a really good tennis player and other times where he kind of just gave it to his opponent.

“Rafael (Wagner) had a great win to start the day and played really well. We were really proud of him. Even with the start of his second match, he played a really great first set, but then, physically he broke down. That’s something he has to really work on. He essentially just gave the match away today. We felt like that was one he could have pulled off and would have been thrilled for him to be playing tomorrow.

“In doubles, these guys played really well tonight. We started off a little slow, but once they got in the groove, they played really well. I thought a lot of positive things happened in that match. We are excited to play doubles again tomorrow and see what we can do there.”

Singles Main Draw Round of 32
Wagner continued with his momentum from Friday in the round of 32 as he took a quick 6-3, 6-4 win against Mississippi State’s Florian Broska.

After taking an early lead, Nikola Samardzic fell in straight-sets, 6-4, 6-3 to Ole Miss’ Fabian Fallert.

Singles Main Draw Round of 16
After dominating his morning match in the round of 32 and taking the first set, 5-7, from Ole Miss’ Tim Sandkaulen, Wagner retired due to injury, 5-7, 6-2.

Doubles Main Draw Round of 32
In a nail-biter on court three, LSU duo Nikola Samardzic and Julian Saborio were back-and forth with Troy’s Peerani and Poyatos. The Tiger tandem, then, jumped to a 5-3 lead before pulling away to an 8-4 victory to advance to Sunday’s round of 16.

Social Center
For up-to-date information and behind-the-scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men's tennis team on Twitter and Instagram at @lsutennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsutennis.

Tournament Schedule
Sunday, October 22
Singles Quarterfinals- 9 a.m. CT
Doubles Round of 16- 1 p.m. CT
Doubles Quarterfinals- 3 p.m. CT

Monday, October 23- TBA

ITA Southern Regional
October 19-23 at Baton Rouge, La. (LSU Tennis Complex)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Singles Round of 32
Rafael Wagner (LSU) def. Florian Broska (Mississippi State), 6-3, 6-4
Fabian Fallert (Ole Miss) def. Nikola Samardzic (LSU), 6-4, 6-3

Singles Round of 16
Tim Sandkaulen (Ole Miss) def. Rafael Wagner (LSU), 5-7, 6-2, ret.

Doubles Main Draw Round of 32
Edison Ortiz/Zhe Zhou (Alabama) def. Rafael Wagner/Agie Moreno (LSU), w/o
Nikola Samardzic/Julian Saborio (LSU) vs. Shaaz Peerani/Jorge Poyatos (Troy), 5 p.m. CT

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Doubles Round of 16
Nikola Samardzic/Julian Saborio (LSU) vs. Thibault Cancel/Alexey Nesterov (Alabama), 1 p.m. CT

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