Charleston, S.C. (SMU) - The United States' Andy Roddick, the No. 2 player in the world, coasted to victory over SMU sophomore Alexander Skrypko in Davis Cup semifinal action on Sunday, Sept. 27.
While Roddick's 6-4, 6-2 win amounted to an exhibition since the U.S. had already won the tie by taking a 3-0 lead on Saturday, the match will undoubtedly provide valuable experience to Skrypko heading into the college tournament season.
The 18-year-old Skrypko held serve to win the opening game before Roddick surged into a 5-3 lead en route to winning the set. The second set was more of the same with the hard-serving Roddick cruising to the win.
In other men's tennis action this weekend, SMUís Paul McNaughton and Elliot Engberg won in doubles action on the final day of competition at the Tulsa Hurricane Classic. This was their first doubles win of the tournament and first on the young season as well.
In singles play, Engberg dropped his match on Sunday 6-1, 6-1, to Milan Mihailovic of Texas to finish the tournament 2-1 in singles. Paul McNaughton also lost in singles to Bryan Wooten of Texas A&M in a hard fought contest 7-5, 7-5. McNaughton finished the weekend 0-3 in singles.
The menís tennis team returns to action Oct. 4-10, when they head to Austin to participate in the All-American Championships.