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Nevolo, Gonzales Advance to Doubles Semifinals at JSM Challenger
Friday, 11/16/2012

URBANA, Ill. - Former Fighting Illini standouts Dennis Nevolo and Ruben Gonzales advanced to the doubles semifinals of the JSM Challenger on Thursday night at Atkins Tennis Center. The pair captured a 6-4, 7-6(2) win to edge fourth-seeded tandem Carsten Ball and Chris Guccione.

Meanwhile, top-seeded Michael Russell retired his singles quarterfinal match due to injury, sending seventh-seeded Jack Sock to the semifinal round. Sock played his way to the third round of the U.S. Open as a wild card earlier this year.

In doubles, unseeded Bradley Klahn and Denis Kudla upended top-seeded duo John Peers and John-Patrick Smith in a 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 thriller, while the No. 2 seed, Devin Britton and Austin Krajicek, moved to the semifinals with a 7-6(2), 6-4 win over Edward Corrie and Vahid Mirzadeh.

Play resumes tomorrow at Noon CT. Nevolo and Gonzales will square off with Britton and Krajicek at 5 p.m.

The JSM Challenger marks the final event of the USTA Pro Circuit season. Action will be streamed live at

Singles - Quarterfinals

[7] J Sock (USA) def. [1] M Russell (USA) 2-1, (ret.)
R Williams (USA) def. [4] R Sweeting (USA) 7-6(4), 6-2
T Smyczek (USA) def. J Smith (AUS) 7-5, 7-6(0)
A Bogdanovic (GBR) def. [WC] C Buchanan (USA) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles - Quarterfinals
B Klahn (USA) / D Kudla (USA) def. [1] J Peers (AUS) / J Smith (AUS) 3-6, 6-3, 10-8

[2] D Britton (USA) / A Krajicek (USA) def. E Corrie (GBR) / V Mirzadeh (USA) 7-6(2), 6-4

[WC] R Gonzales (PHI) / D Nevolo (USA) def. [4] C Ball (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS) 6-4, 7-6(2)
J Andersen (RSA) / I Van der Merwe (RSA) def. A Courtney (USA) / J Sock (USA) 3-6, 6-3, 11-9

Nov. 16 (Friday) - $5 for adults; $3 for children
Nov. 17 (Saturday) - $7 for adults; $5 for children