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Athens, Ga. (May 22, 2014) – No. 47 Roberto Cid continued his march to a NCAA Singles Championship Thursday taking down No. 68 Alen Salibasic of Drake in straight sets, 7-6, 6-1 at Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.
With the win, Cid becomes the first All-American in USF men’s tennis history by reaching the round of 16.
“I think this is a tough day for everyone because if you win your first two matches, you become an All-American,” said head coach Matt Hill. I think the student-athletes put a little extra pressure on themselves to try and achieve that accolade which was the same for us today, but Roberto did a great job of settling himself down.”
Cid trailed most of the first set before rebounding to take a 6-5 lead but Salibasic forced a tiebreak by tying the set at 6-6. The sophomore jumped out to a 5-0 lead before taking the point and winning the first set 7-6.
“Alen played well today,” said Hill. “He does a good job of playing from behind and not surrendering any points.”
Cid seized control of the match in the second set racing out to a 5-0 advantage before serving for the match and pulling out a 6-1 second set.
“Roberto was able to gut out the first set but played really calm in the second set and you saw the results,” said Hill.“He is playing with a lot of confidence right now which he’ll need tomorrow because everyone left at this stage is really good.”
Cid will take on No. 41 Dane Webb of Oklahoma who won his match over No. 11 Peter Kobelt of Oho State, 7-5, 7-5