The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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July 20, 2013

Garza, Maytin cruise to doubles title

— This is the first tournament where Daniel Garza and Roberto Maytin have competed as a doubles team.

It likely won’t be their last.

Mexico’s Garza and Venezuela’s Maytin defeated Israel’s Dekel Bar and Australia’s Leon Frost 6-1, 6-2 in the doubles final of the USTA Freeman $10,000 Men’s Futures tournament on Friday at Millennium Tennis and Fitness Club.

The team of Garza and Maytin didn’t lose a set in four matches this week.

“I’ve known him for a long time, so we are really good friends,” Maytin said. “That’s really important in doubles. We have a really good combination.”

The unassuming Garza, who is less than 6 feet tall, delivers a strong forehand and solid drop shots. He is ranked 463rd in the world in singles and has competed in the Davis Cup for Mexico. Maytin just finished a four-year career at Baylor. He has represented Venezuela in the Davis Cup and is the world’s 991st ranked singles player.

Garza and Maytin started strong against Bar and Frost, opening the first set with a 4-0 lead. The duo broke Bar and Frost’s serve in each of the first two opportunities. Some of the damage was unforced as Bar and Frost combined for five double faults in those two games.

“We just knew that we had to start fast and keep our momentum up,” Maytin said. “We started fast and never really slowed down. They had a few chances to break and didn’t.”

The second set started 1-1 after each team held serve. Then Bar and Frost had an opportunity to break serve in the third game as they took a 30-15 advantage. However, Garza and Maytin rallied to win in deuce. They went on to break serve in the next game and cruise to a 6-2 win in the set.

Bar and Frost, the No. 4 seed in doubles, hadn’t lost a set in the tournament before the finals.

Maytin had previously won a Futures tournament in doubles at Florida this year. Garza said it was his first tournament victory this year.

Both players said they were thankful for all the help they received in Joplin.

“We want to thank David DeByle for housing us, and tournament director Marianella Padron for being so helpful,” Maytin said.

Garza hopes to add the singles title this weekend.

As the No. 2 seed, Garza defeated Jacob Coenraad De Klerk earlier Friday to advance to today’s singles semifinals against Alexander Sarkissian, of the United States. Garza previously played in Joplin nine years ago, advancing to the singles semifinals.

“I’ve felt good all week,” Garza said. “I hope to keep playing like this.”

Sarkissian upset fourth-seeded Michael Shabaz 6-3, 6-2 on Friday. The match is scheduled to start no earlier than noon today.

Darian King, of Barbados, defeated Sahak Bazrganian 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the other semifinal. He will face Alex Blumenberg, a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 winner over Nick Chappell, at 11 a.m. today.

King, the No. 1 seed, finished as singles runner-up in Joplin last year. Blumenberg advanced through his third consecutive three-set match. King has won all three of his matches in two sets.

The singles final is scheduled for 11 a.m. Sunday.

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