Fountain Valley, CA – After a hard fought battle in the 4th and final round of qualifying draw at the ITF Futures in Fountain Valley, California, sophomore David Micevski (MKD) was forced to congratulate his opponent. The Ute fell 6-3, 7-6(6) to Keegan Smith (USA) on a blistering hot day.
“It was a tough loss,” said Micevski. “Overall it was a good quality match, but little things decided the winner. I felt that my 1st serve percentage was not on a high level and Keegan (Smith) served very well.”
Micevski started the day off slow, dropping his second service game of the first set and was unable to recuperate from it, 3-6. But the tables were turned in the second set, when Micevski broke early and took a 4-1 lead. Smith was able to fight his way back to 4-4. Both players managed to hold serve a couple of times and headed for a tiebreak. In the breaker, the Ute served for the set at 6-5, but didn’t manage to capitalize on his lead and lost the next three points to lose the match.
Micevski will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday to compete in the All-American Championships qualifying draw. He will join teammates McGuiness, Weverink and Woolley who will compete in the pre-qualifying draw.