ATHENS, Ga. -- The field continued to shrink during the Round of 16 in the singles and doubles championships.The remaining top-eight seed in the draw, Marcos Giron of UCLA, continued his dominance in the tournament as he dispatched Georgia’s Nathan Pasha 7-6(4), 6-3. Giron displayed impressive power to battle through temperatures that touched the low 90s on court.
The Cinderella story of the draw is currently Denis Nguyen of Harvard. After battling through the regional stage while still completing final exams, Nguyen has caught fire in Athens. He secured his place as an All-American with victory on Thursday and will begin Saturday as one of the last eight competitors in the draw. He advanced after beating Andrew Adams of South Carolina 6-4, 6-1.
Roberto Cid also continued his impressive form from knocking out top-seeded Clay Johnson in the Round of 32. Cid booked his place in the quarterfinal with a 6-3, 7-5 victory against Dane Webb of Oklahoma.
The top two remaining seeds on the doubles side of the draw all survived and advanced as they pushed into the quarterfinals. Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee were able to push past Giron and Mackenzie McDonald 6-1, 6-4. The No.2 seed Volunteers will play Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton of California in the final eight.
Ohio State’s third-seeded duo of Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka rolled into the quarterfinals as they moved past Russell Bader and Leonard Stakhovsky of Penn State 6-1, 7-6(3) to book a date with Denver on Saturday.
The action continues with the quarterfinals beginning Saturday at noon ET at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.