Schnugg, Borvanov reach UBS finals

The two-time champ versus the hometown kid.

Top-seeded Roman Borvanov, the winner of the last two men's open singles titles, will face off against Medford native and No. 2-seeded Nate Schnugg today in the championship match of the UBS Financial Open and Senior Clay Championships at Rogue Valley Swim and Tennis Club.

The title match is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Borvanov eased by fourth-seeded Bart Scott, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, in one semifinal match on Saturday, while Schnugg claimed a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 triumph over No. 3 seed Angelo Niculescu.

It will be the second straight year the top two seeds will meet for the title. Last year, Borvanov prevailed over Amir Hadad.

It wasn't smooth sailing for either finalist this time around. Both struggled in the opening set before big-match experience took over.

Schnugg was also pushed in the quarterfinal round against Beaverton's Brett Joelson before advancing with a 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-3 victory.

"I think more set play for those guys played a factor," said RVSTC tennis director Frank Inn. "You could see they didn't panic after losing that first set."

Schnugg, 19, an All-American for NCAA champion Georgia this past spring, will make his first UBS finals appearance. Borvanov, ranked 350th on the ATP Tour, is aiming for a third crown.

In men's open doubles play, the top-seeded tandem of Nate and Scott Schnugg ousted John Devorss and Tim Layman, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 10-6. The Schnuggs will meet Jonathan Endrikat, the head teaching pro at RVSTC, and partner Brett Joelson in today's 1 p.m. final. Endrikat and Joelson won in straight sets over Borvanov and Filip Zivkovic, 6-3, 7-5.

In other finals today, Brad Joelson will meet Andris Olins today in the 45 singles championship, while Gale Holt will face George Watts in 65 singles. Both matches start at 10 a.m.

John Ehrlich and playing partner Jerry Hugley will meet Gary Bowman and Gary Woodring at noon in 65 doubles round robin play.

Saturday's Results

Open Singles

QUARTERFINALS — Roman Borvanov d. Filip Zivkovic, 6-2, 6-3; Bart Scott d. Kean Feeder, 6-3, 6-4; Angelo Niculescu d. Jonathan Endrikat, 6-4, 6-2; Nate Schnugg d. Brett Joelson, 6-3, 6-7 (8), 6-3.

SEMIFINALS — Borvanov d. Scott, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1; Schnugg d. Niculescu, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.

45 Singles

SEMIFINALS — Brad Joelson d. Daniel Perone, 7-6 (5), 6-4; Andris Olins d. Stephen Schnugg, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3.

65 Singles

SEMIFINALS — Gale Holt d. Gary Bowman, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2; George Watts d. Larry Blomquist, 6-1, 6-3.

Open Doubles

QUARTERFINALS — Scott Schnugg-Nate Schnugg d. Taylor Bedilion-Ben Gullickson, 6-4, 6-1.

SEMIFINALS — Jonathan Endrikat-Brett Joelson d. Roman Borvanov-Filip Zivkovic, 6-3, 7-5; Schnugg-Schnugg d. John Devorss-Tim Layman, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 10-6.

65 Doubles

ROUND ROBIN — John Ehrlich-Jerry Hugley d. Philip Cooper-Neil White, 6-3, 6-3.

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