Men's Tennis
    Three-Set Comeback Win Takes Thibault Forget To ITA Regional Title Match

    Oct. 23, 2016

    MALIBU, CALIF. — USC’s No. 4-seeded junior Thibault Forget issued a three-set comeback upset of the tournament’s top seed to take a post in tomorrow singles title match at the ITA Southwest Regional Championships in Malibu. 

    Ranked #85 in the nation, Forget had his hands full on paper in his semifinal square-off against top-seeded and #11-ranked Martin Redlicki today. Forget would fall in a first-set hole, dropping the opener 3-6 to the higher-ranked Bruin, but the Trojan put forth a gutsy effort in the second to force a third. There, Forget got the break he needed and stuck to his guns to wrap up a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 comeback win that launches him into the title match. Forget will be the fourth consecutive Trojan to play for the ITA Southwest Regional title. He goes up against UCLA’s #38 Gage Brymer in the final tomorrow (Oct. 24) at 11 a.m. in Malibu.

    It was almost an all-Trojan title match, in fact. In the opposite semifinal today, USC’s third-seeded and #48-ranked sophomore Logan Smith had a battle against another higher-ranked Bruin in Brymer. No. 2 seeded Brymer was able to keep Smith at bay in this one, drumming up a 6-2, 6-2 decision that sends Brymer to the final.

    Forget’s trip to the title match marks the fourth year that a Trojan has played for the regional singles crown. Yannick Hanfmann was the last Trojan to win the singles title with his run to victory in 2013.

    Complete USC results in Malibu are below. Follow along at the Tournament Central page

    2016 ITA SOUTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

    SINGLES
    Round of 128 - Oct. 20
    Jens Sweaney (USC) def. Andrew Gong (UCI) - 6-3, 6-4
    David Laser (USC) def. Vatsal Bajpai (UCI) - 6-2, 6-0

    Round of 64 - Oct. 20
    Cody Rakela (UCSB) def. Jens Sweaney (USC) - 6-3, 7-5
    Rob Bellamy (USC) def. Timothy Tan (CP) - 6-1, 6-2
    [4] #85 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Kristian Prior (UCSB) - 6-0, 6-1
    Henry Ji (USC) def. Garrett Auproux (CP) - 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
    [3] #48 Logan Smith (USC) def. Fabian Woehrl (UH) - 6-1, 6-0
    Alejandro Requant-Bicardi (ARIZ) def. David Laser (USC) - 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2

    Round of 32 - Oct. 21
    [4] #85 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Marko Goles Babic (SDSU) - 6-1, 6-1
    Joel Gamerov (USD) def. Rob Bellamy (USC) - 6-2, 6-2
    Henry Ji (USC) def. Nicholas Borchenko (LMU) - 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
    [3] #48 Logan Smith (USC) def. Ben Goldberg (UCLA) - 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

    Round of 16 - Oct. 22
    [3] #48 Logan Smith (USC) def. Henry Ji (USC) - 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
    [4] #85 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Austin Rapp (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-0

    Quarterfinals - Oct. 22
    [3] #48 Logan Smith (USC) def. [6] #117 Guilherme Hadliche (PEP) - 7-6 (6), 6-4
    [4] #85 Thibault Forget (USC) def. Pedro Iamachkine (PEP) - 6-3, 6-1

    Semifinals - Oct. 23
    [2] #38 Gage Brymer (UCLA) def. [3] #48 Logan Smith (USC) - 6-2, 6-2
    [4] #85 Thibault Forget (USC) def. [1] #11 Martin Redlicki (UCLA) - 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

    Championship - Oct. 24
    [4] #85 Thibault Forget (USC) vs. [2] #38 Gage Brymer (UCLA) - 11 a.m.

    DOUBLES
    Round of 64 - Oct. 20
    Bellamy/Laser (USC) def. Brown/Kaiser (LMU) - 8-2

    Round of 32 - Oct. 21
    Page/Vittek (San Diego) def. Bellamy/Laser (USC) - 8-7 (5)
    Forget/L. Smith (USC) def. Cevallos/Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU) - 8-5

    Round of 16 - Oct. 21
    Forget/L. Smith (USC) def. Iamachkine/Menichella (PEP) 8-6

    Quarterfinals - Oct. 22
    [2] Donovan/Pang (CP) def. Forget/L. Smith (USC) - 8-4