COLUMBIA, S.C – Juniors Connor Krug and Jake Krug finished the second day of the Gamecock Ranked +1 undefeated after advancing to the finals of the doubles B bracket and collecting one win each in singles action.
The Krug duo powered past Arizona’s Inaki Cabrera and Gustaf Strom, 8-4, in their opening doubles match, before besting Edoardo Graziani and James Hopper of Virginia, 8-6, in their second match. The pair will battle Colorado’s Jayden Templeman and Max Westphal in the finals of the B bracket on Sunday at 9 a.m.
In singles play, Duke finished 3-1 on the day, including two wins over nationally ranked opponents. In the B bracket, both Connor Krug and graduate student Andrew Zhang defeated their ranked foes. Connor Krug bested No. 65 Alejandro Moreno of Auburn, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, while Zhang defeated No. 101 Graziani of Virigina in straight sets 7-5, 6-2.
Additionally, Jake Krug claimed a three-set thriller over Billy Blaydes of Auburn. He secured a 7-5 victory in the opening frame but dropped the second 6-3. The Lakewood, Ranch, Fla., native bounced back for the 6-2 win in the final set to register the win.
Ozan Baris/Ronald Hohmann (Michigan State) def. Andrew Dale/Andrew Zhang (Duke) 8-5
Alexander Keifer/Jeffrey Von def Schulburg (Virginia) def. Andrew Dale/Andrew Zhang (Duke) 8-7 (1)
Jake Krug/Connor Krug (Duke) def. Inaki Cabrera/Gustaf Strom (Arizona) 8-4
Jake Krug/Connor Krug (Duke) def. Edoardo Graziani/James Hopper (Virginia) 8-6
Lucas Da Silva (South Carolina) def. Andrew Dale (Duke) 7-5, 6-1
Jake Krug (Duke) def. Billy Blaydes (Auburn) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
Andrew Zhang (Duke) def. Edoardo Graziani (Virginia) 7-5, 6-2
Connor Krug (Duke) def. Alejandro Moreno (Auburn) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
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