|November 4, 2015||BUCS Men's Premier B South||2015/16|
|University of Cambridge Men’s 1st||4||Loss|
|London School of Economics Men’s 1st||8||Win|
Cambridge suffers defeat against LSE.
After an already difficult start to the season, the team had high hopes going into the match but sadly this slowed start continued into the singles.
At no. 1 Gerald Wu came up against the big serving David Gardiner. Gerald got off to a flying start, immediately taking advantage of his opponent’s not fully warmed-up serve to go a break up. From then on, he knew that it was simply a case of hanging onto his serve, with David breezing through his own service games. The turning point for Gerald came when he saved a total of 7 break points in his final 3 service games of the set, taking it 6-3. After 3 holds each to commence the second set, Gerald forced a volley error from his opponent to take that crucial break. One last break sealed the match for the Captain 6-3, 6-3.
Further down the order, things were less successful.
Jack Long-Martinez at no. 2 had a good start to his match against Patrick van Breugel before injuring his back at 2-2, fatally crippling his serve and disrupting his rhythm. What had promised to be a very close match ended in a 6-2, 6-1 defeat for the Fresher.
At no. 3, Aleks Mardinian had a slow start to the match, conceding the first set 6-4 to Danil Saltanov. The second set continued in the same way with Aleks soon finding himself 5-1 and under great pressure. Aleks consolidated and launched a successful counter-attack to bring the set back to 5-5, having already saved 3 match points at 5-4, 40-0 down. Unfortunately, Aleks did not manage to hold his serve again and went on to lose both the set and the match 6-4, 7-5.
In his first BUCS match of the season, Nikhil Sharma at no.4 had difficulty getting off the line, immediately going 2 breaks down. Nikhil quickly found his rhythm, winning the next 4 games against the big-hitting Michael Savage. Having had many chances to go a net break up, Nikhil found himself in a tie-break to conclude this very long set. His opponent went on to produce some big forehand winners and a couple of aces to win the tie-break 7-4. Nikhil spent the second set playing catch-up after going a break down early on. Having levelled the set at 4-4, Nikhil’s opponent took advantage of some weaker groundstrokes to break him and win the set and the match 7-6(4), 6-4.
Gerald Wu and Nikhil Sharma took on David Gardiner and Patrick van Breugel in the 1st pair doubles match. The Cambridge duo played a strong first set but were ultimately left unstuck by inconsistent serving and the difficulty of returning David’s serve. The second set proved to be a one-sided contest as Nikhil and Gerald struggled with their rhythm with the LSE pair taking victory 6-3, 6-1.
At no.2 Jack Long-Martinez and Aleks Mardinian were unable to convert all 5 of the sudden death deuces of the 1st set and conceded it 6-0. They bounced back strongly in the second set with good tactical play and aggressive volleying and levelled the match at 1-1. The Fresher pair were able to carry this momentum into the 3rd set tie-break and to hold their nerves to win 0-6, 6-4, 10-6.