ORLANDO, Fla. — Wake Forest’s vaunted singles lineup, led by ITA No. 11 Borna Gojo, powered the defending NCAA champions into Sunday’s semifinal. In the only three-setter of the match, Gojo outlasted ITA No. 19 Will Blumberg, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, to keep Demon Deacons’ repeat bid alive.
There was little drama on Courts 2 through 5, as none of the winners dropped more than four
games in a single set. With all eyes on the No. 1 singles matchup, the lead men did disappoint.
Gojo earned his first match point on the return, on a deuce point at 5-2, but Blumberg got the
better of a short rally to force his opponent to serve it out.
The North Carolina junior saved two more match points at 5-3, setting up a momentous deuce point that would either end the match or bring the Tar Heels back on serve. On match point No. 4, Gojo summoned a big second serve that Blumberg could only send into the net.
Wake Forest swept the Top 3 singles matches, with Petros Chrysochos and Bar Botzer as reliable as ever at the No. 2 and No. 3 spot. The Demon Deacons fourth point came on Court 6, where Siddhant Banthia extended his record to 22-7 across the bottom two singles spots.
Wake Forest won their first-ever NCAA team title last year, when the Winston-Salem, N.C.,
school hosted the NCAA Championships. Top singles players Gojo and Chrysochos met in the individual final, with Chrysochos taking the title.