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  Fabrizio Sestini
School: TCU
Year: Senior
Home Town: Rome
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High School: Lyceé Chateaubriand
Height: 6-3
Weight: 175 lbs.
Birth Date: Wednesday, August 05, 1981
Dominant Hand: Left
Singles Record: 73-44
Doubles Record: 65-59
SENIOR (FALL 2004): Had the most productive fall of any Horned Frog…Was 9-3 in singles and 10-4 in doubles playing only with Rafael Abreu…Entered the fall ranked No. 73 in singles and No. 8 in doubles with Abreu…Earned at least a share of the Conference USA Player of the Month award for September, October and November…Opened the year with four straight wins at the Baylor Intercollegiate in Waco, Texas, over Sept. 24-26…All four wins came in straight sets…In the quarterfinals, he upset Jeremy Blandin from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6-2, 6-4…Blandin was 47th…Lost to Alabama’s Joseph Jung in the semis, 6-2, 6-4…In doubles, he and Abreu won the Baylor title by defeating Niels Buksik and Sandy Farquharson from Texas-Arlington in the final, 8-5…They also upended foes from Alabama, Tulane and two of their teammates, Jordan Freitas and Jacopo Tezza, along the way…Claimed three wins in the qualifying portion of the Icy Hot/ITA All-American Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., over Oct. 4-6…Included in that run was a victory against No. 89 Matic Omerzel from Georgia…Had his best win of the fall versus Jamil Al-Agba from Southern California in the first round of the main draw at the All-American…Won in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, over the nation’s No. 41-rated player…Sestini and Abreu lost in the opening round of the main draw in doubles at the All-American…In the backdraw, they managed to pick up a solid win over No. 20-rated Peter Rodrigues and Jonathan Stokke from Duke, 8-6…Fell in three sets at the Wilson/ITA South Central Regional Championships Oct. 23 in Austin, Texas, to Baylor’s Lars Poerschke…Poerschke went on to win the regional title…Was able to get an at-large bid in doubles to the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., over Nov. 4-7…Defeated Ivan Angulo Carrasco and Ricardo Omaña from the College of Santa Fe (N.M.) in round one of the indoors…Narrowly missed defeating the No. 1 seed and 34th-ranked duo of Scott Green and Ross Wilson from Ohio State in the quarterfinals…The TCU duo had match point in the tiebreaker up 6-5, but failed to convert and lost the next two points afterwards.

JUNIOR (2003-04): Earned Conference USA Second Team praise for the third consecutive year following the conference championship…Was also a C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or above) member…Ended the season with a 23-8 record in singles and had a team-best 17-4 mark in dual matches…Owned a 6-2 record at two singles and was 11-2 at the No. 3 spot…Went 22-15 playing doubles exclusively with Rafael Abreu…The duo went 13-10 in duals and 11-9 at one doubles…He and Abreu ended the season ranked No. 34…Came in ranked No. 63 in the preseason ITA singles ratings…Ended the fall with a 6-4 mark in singles…In doubles, he and Abreu traded wins for losses in their first six matches…The tandem pulled everything together for the ITA South Central Regional and won the tournament, defeating Benjamin Becker and Ivor Lovrak of Baylor in the final, 8-5…By claiming the tournament crown, they received an automatic bid to the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich…It was the first time since 1996 that TCU sent a doubles team to the elite event that takes only 16 doubles teams from around the country…They ended the fall with a 9-5 record together…Sestini’s outstanding play during October made him the league’s pick for C-USA Men’s Tennis Player of the Month…Registered a solid victory Jan. 24 in TCU’s season opener with No. 68 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, defeating No. 83 Goncalo Figeiredo at two singles, 6-4, 6-1…Sestini trailed in the first set, 4-1, through five games…Took out Nathan McGregor from UTA in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 2 slot in singles Feb. 11…Along with Abreu, Sestini defeated the nation’s No. 1-ranked doubles team of Lester Cook and Ante Matijevic from Texas A&M Feb. 18 by an 8-4 score…Notched a 9-7 victory in doubles with Abreu versus the No. 15 tandem of Jeff Groslimond and Chris Westerhof from No. 36 Florida State Feb. 22…Helped TCU win the match by a 4-3 count by defeating Groslimond at two singles, 6-3, 7-6…Posted a 7-6, 6-3 win versus 51st-ranked South Alabama’s Clinton Jacobs at the No. 2 position in singles to clinch the 6-1 win for TCU Feb. 24…That same day, he and Abreu were ranked No. 10 in the nation, giving the Horned Frogs their first top 10 duo since Ashley Fisher and Jason Weir-Smith in 1997…Extended his singles winning streak to five by picking up a straight-set decision against Peter Oredsson from No. 49 SMU March 4 at the No. 3 hole, 6-0, 6-4…Continued his outstanding play in singles by taking care of Alexandre Herrera from No. 18 Pepperdine March 8 at three, 7-6, 6-4…Saw his seven-match winning streak in singles come to an end when No. 76 Dustin Taylor from Tulsa handed him a 6-4, 6-4 loss at the No. 2 spot March 13…In his doubles contest with Tim Krebs and Colin Purcell from No. 31 Miami March 17, Sestini had to withdraw from the match with the score tied at four apiece because of tendonitis in his knee…Sat out the singles competition as well…Snapped his five-match losing streak in doubles with Abreu March 20 by defeating Mahmoud Rezk and Matias Silva from No. 33 Boise State by an 8-4 score…Trounced Rezk in straight sets at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-2…Tallied TCU’s only point in a match against No. 2 Baylor March 30 with a victory against No. 85 Matias Marin at the third spot, 6-4, 6-4…Almost defeated No. 12-billed Ludovic Walter from No. 6 Duke April 2 at two singles, falling 6-3, 0-6, 6-4…Upset the nation’s No. 14 doubles tandem of Rylan Rizza and Nick Meythaler from No. 12 Virginia April 4 in Charlottesville, Va., by a 9-7 score…Did not get a chance to finish his match with Marko Miklo at the second slot…The two were tied 3-3 in a third set…Picked up a 6-4, 6-0 blasting of No. 48 SMU’s Gwinyai Chingoka at three singles April 11…Put TCU within a point of winning its semifinal C-USA Championship match when he took out Damar Johnson from No. 36 Louisville April 17 at three singles, 6-2, 6-4…Snatched a 9-8 doubles win from Oscar Posada and Alejandro Salazar from No. 67 East Tennessee State May 15 in the first round of NCAAs…He and Abreu’s victory clinched the doubles point…Cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Diego Iglesias at three singles to put the Frogs ahead 2-0…Fell to the No. 14-rated tandem of Rahim Esmail and Jesse Witten from No. 11 Kentucky in the second round May 16…Put TCU up 3-2 when he recorded a 6-3, 7-6 upset of No. 94-ranked Tigran Martirosyan…Martirosyan was initially defaulted in the second set for using excessive profanity, but the ruling was overturned 20 minutes later and Sestini was forced to continue the match…Picked up TCU’s only victory in doubles against No. 33 Clemson May 22 at the NCAA Championship in Tulsa, Okla…Defeated the No. 37-rated duo of Jarmaine Jenkins and Nathan Thompson, 8-5…Wasted no time dispatching Jenkins at three singles, winning by a 6-0, 6-2 count to end his season on a five-match unbeaten streak.

SOPHOMORE (2002-03): Sestini’s growing pains from his freshman year paid dividends for him as a sophomore…Fashioned a 4-3 mark during the fall…In dual matches, he was much improved from the previous season with a 14-6 record playing at Nos. 1-4 singles…Was 1-1 at the top spot, 2-3 at two, 10-2 at No. 3 and 1-0 at four singles…Ended the year ranked No. 100 in the country…Was tabbed as high as 75th during the season…Had a much better run in doubles than his freshman season with a 15-14 record…Was 10-10 at No. 1 doubles with Alex Menichini, Toni Gordon and Jacob Martin…Was 11-10 in duals overall…Was honored at the end of the season by Conference USA, earning a place on the all-conference second team…Was also named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or above) for his work in the classroom…As a warm-up to the dual match campaign, Sestini traveled to Houston to partake in the Rice Indoors…Had a great start by knocking off No. 23 Benjamin Becker from Baylor in the opening round Jan. 16 in straight sets, 7-6, 6-3…Lost a three-set battle against Texas’ Antonio Ruiz, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, in the second round…Ripped off four dual victories in a row after the tournament…His first came at three singles Jan. 24 versus Goncalo Figeiredo of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 6-1, 6-3…Later that day, Tom De Larzac from Saint Louis went down without putting up much of a fight, 6-1, 6-1…Was bumped up to the No. 2 slot Jan. 29 at Texas-Arlington and snagged a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over David Corrie…Did not have a chance to finish his match with fifth-rated Alex Vlaski of Washington at the TCU Shootout Feb. 1…Posted a 6-4, 6-0 decision at the top of the singles totem poll the next day when the Horned Frogs defeated Arizona State by a 5-2 count…Suffered his first two dual match losses when TCU made a tough West Coast swing against Stanford and California Feb. 8 and 10…No. 15 David Martin from the Cardinal gave Sestini the first at one singles, 6-4, 6-1, and then Cal’s 31st-tabbed Conor Niland handed him a 6-2, 6-3 loss…Responded with six consecutive conquests…Providing the first one was David Nylen from South Alabama Feb. 17 by scores of 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 3 hole…Made short work of Brad Sullivan of East Carolina March 1 at the Conference USA Shootout, winning 6-1, 6-2 at two…Had his match with Octavian Nicodim from Louisville suspended in the third set once the Horned Frogs clinched the victory…Tallied his second victory of the spring against a ranked foe in No. 90 Ludovic Walter from Duke by a 6-4, 6-2 count at No. 3 singles…The win aided the Frogs in nearly downing the No. 7-ranked Blue Devils…Played three singles at Miami March 13 and was victorious, 7-6, 6-2…Two days later, Sestini did not allow Wisconsin’s Scott Green to win a single game…Leonardo Ramirez from Wichita State was Sestini’s last victim during the unbeaten stretch, collapsing by scores of 6-4, 6-2…The following four matches were unkind to the Italian, as Sestini fell in three sets in three of the match-ups…All of them were against ranked opponents as well…At two singles versus No. 48 Johan Brunstrom of SMU, he went down 6-3, 4-6, 6-3…Dustin Taylor from Tulsa, who was rated 96th, yanked out a third-set super tiebreaker March 29, 10-6…On April 2, the nation’s top-rated player, Benedikt Dorsch of Baylor, was a 7-6, 6-1 winner at two singles…No. 62 Ante Matijevic from Texas A&M was the last competitor to pencil in a mark in the loss column of Sestini’s ledger at No. 3 singles, 6-0, 7-6…Ended the year strong with four straight triumphs…Disposed of Vuk Rajevac of Rice April 9, 6-3, 6-3…Three days later at the No. 3 position, he was a 6-2, 6-2 victor against Lukasz Senczyszn from SMU…Helped TCU advance to the semifinals of the Conference USA Championship by defeating UAB’s Kristijan Mitrovski at three, 7-5, 6-4…Did not have a chance to complete his matches with Renato Silvera and Dmitriy Koch from South Florida and Tulane during the remainder of the Frogs’ contests at the conference tourney…Won his last match of the year May 9 in the NCAA Tournament First Round…He downed Alexis Rudzinski from SMU at four singles, 6-3, 6-4.

FRESHMAN (SPRING 2002): Was a late arrival to TCU, beginning his freshman year in the spring…Competed at one and two singles…Was 8-13 in duals and 11-14 overall…Went 3-8 at No. 1 and 5-5 at the No. 2 hole…Sestini was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year for his first-year performance…Also snared second-team all-conference praise…Went 8-15 in doubles…Partnered with Toni Gordon and Daniel Scholten for the entire spring…Was 6-6 with Gordon and 2-9 with Scholten…Sestini and Gordon finished as TCU’s best team at one doubles, going 5-6…The pair was ranked at one point, going as high as No. 32 in the March 6 rankings…They had back-to-back victories Feb. 25 and March 1 over ranked duos in South Alabama’s Zinchanka/Baudat (No. 40) and Chesworth/Camerson from Furman (No. 15)…Played his first collegiate match against No. 34 Richard Barker from Rice at the Rice Indoors Jan. 18…Defeated Barker in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4…Picked up another win in his next contest with Nathan McGregor from Baylor, also in straights, 6-1, 6-2…Defeated Texas A&M’s Keith From for his third straight victory at the tournament, winning by scores of 6-4, 6-2…Saw his run in the event cut short by No. 26-rated Travis Parrott of Portland…Took a tough loss to Kristian Pfeiffer of SMU in his first career dual match Jan. 30…He fell in three sets, two of which were tiebreakers, 7-6, 2-6, 7-6…Sestini played the contest at No. 1 singles…Dropped another match that could have gone either way Feb. 2 when TCU took on Alabama…No. 36 Max Belski defeated the Italian in straight sets, 7-6, 7-6…Snagged his first dual win Feb. 13 over Texas-Arlington’s David Corrie at two singles, 6-3, 6-4…Took out his second ranked foe Feb. 16 in Tulsa’s Dane McGregor, who was 79th at the time, in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5…Entered the singles ratings for the first time Feb. 20 when he came in at No. 74…Sestini stayed in the rankings for the remainder of the year until the season-ending poll was released…Downed Ola Jonsson of Charlotte at the top singles position Feb. 22 at the C-USA Shootout in Fort Worth, Texas…Recorded the best victory of his season the next day when he helped TCU dispatch Tulane by a 4-2 count…Sestini notched a win over No. 10-rated Michael Kogan at the No. 1 spot in three sets, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5…Took out Vincent Baudat from South Alabama at one singles Feb. 25 by scores of 6-2, 6-3…His last three triumphs earned him C-USA Player of the Week honors Feb. 26…Was beaten in three sets in an indoor match with Furman March 1 by John Chesworth, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4…Soared all the way to No. 51 in the country when the next rankings were released March 6…It ended up being the highest ranking of the year for Sestini…Suffered a 6-1, 7-6 setback to 18th-rated Todd Widom from Miami…Fell 6-4, 6-4 to No. 46 Zoltan Papp from Baylor March 14 at the No. 2 slot…Was a 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 winner over Mirko Jovanovic of Colorado March 18 at two singles…Missed picking up a victory at No. 1 over 84th-tabbed Matt Hanlin from Washington March 23 at the Pepperdine Shootout…Fell in three sets to Hanlin, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4…Went down in straight sets to No. 3 Al Garland from Pepperdine the next day, 6-2, 6-2…Did not stack up as well against A&M’s From in their dual match meeting March 27…It turned out to be the deciding match between TCU and the No. 10-rated Aggies…Sestini was defeated in three sets, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3…Gave himself a confidence boost March 30 when he took care of Matthias Mathaes of Rice at two singles, 6-3, 6-1…Experienced a hard outing April 6 versus No. 11 Phillip King from Duke, falling by a 6-3, 6-1 count…Went down in straight sets the next day in Richmond, Va., to No. 50 Florian Marquardt of VCU at two singles, 6-4, 6-4…Sestini was defeated by SMU’s Pfeiffer in their second meeting of the season April 10, 6-3, 6-3…Lost in TCU’s final regular season match-up with Arkansas April 14, falling to Magnus Kullenberg at the No. 2 slot, 7-6, 6-4…Helped the Horned Frogs win their quarterfinal match with Southern Miss at the C-USA Tourney April 19 by ousting Miikka Kangas in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6…Did not factor into TCU’s 4-1 loss to South Florida in the semis…Was defeated by Louisville’s Paulo Carvalho at No. 2 in the Frogs’ battle for third place at the tourney, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2…Did not finish his match with Jason Hazley from LSU when TCU was bounced from the NCAA Tournament May 11 in College Station, Texas.

HIGH SCHOOL/JUNIOR: Earned a baccalaureate in literature from Lyceé Chateaubriand in Rome…Held a world ranking in singles with one ATP Tour point…Achieved a doubles ranking as well with 48 tour points…Won a singles title in a satellite tournament in Italy…Reached the final in an Italian futures event.

PERSONAL: Sestini is studying speech communication and minoring in business at TCU…Fabrizio Sestini, the son of Marco and Nadine Sestini, was born Aug. 5, 1981.