DURHAM, N.C. – Four members of the Duke men’s tennis program received All-ACC distinction for the 2013-14 season, as announced Thursday, May 1 by the league office. Junior Jason Tahir and senior Fred Saba were selected to the all-conference first team while junior Raphael Hemmeler and sophomore Bruno Semenzato received third team recognition.
Saba was named to an All-ACC team for the second consecutive year while Hemmeler, Semenzato and Tahir were all honored for the first time in their respective careers.
Ranked 44th in this week’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I singles poll, Saba owns an overall ledger of 20-8 in singles, including a 9-2 mark in ACC play. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native compiled a 12-4 record at the No. 2 position in Duke’s lineup and defeated eight ranked opponents during the course of the season. In a team victory over Georgia Tech Apr. 13, he became the 12th player in program history to reach the 100-win milestone for his career. Saba has also excelled in doubles this spring, pairing with Hemmeler to go 8-5 at the No. 1 spot. The 51st-ranked duo registered a mark of 7-3 in ACC competition and notched wins over four ranked doubles teams.
Tahir, the 32nd-ranked singles player in the country, has guided the Blue Devils since moving to the top spot in the lineup earlier this season. A product of Rochester, N.Y., he has tallied a season record of 22-9 and went 8-3 against ACC opponents. He registered a 7-5 ledger at the No. 1 spot in singles and totaled eight wins against ranked players. In doubles, Tahir is 19-7 overall and 7-2 at the No. 2 slot along with teammate Josh Levine. He and Levine turned in a 6-1 record in ACC play and won six consecutive contests from March 30 to Apr. 18.
Hemmeler has posted at least 19 singles wins in each of his three seasons at Duke, surpassing the 25-win mark as a freshman and sophomore. This spring he has played primarily at the No. 3 position, up two spots from a year ago. Hailing from Zurich, Switzerland, Hemmeler has compiled a dual match singles record of 16-7 and went 8-3 in conference play. He turned in a six-match win streak in singles during the ACC portion of the schedule and once again shined in doubles for the Blue Devils, going 18-9 overall and 14-6 with Saba.
Since becoming a mainstay in the Duke singles and doubles lineup this season, Semenzato has played his way into the national rankings, coming in at No. 89 in singles and No. 80 in doubles with Hemmeler. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Semenzato is 31-9 for the year in singles and went 9-2 against ACC opponents. He has notched a 17-3 record at the No. 4 position and has won nine of his last 10 matches. The Duke sophomore has posted an 18-9 ledger in doubles and most recently has paired with redshirt junior Cale Hammond for a 4-1 mark at the No. 3 slot.
Virginia had five selections across the three All-ACC teams to lead the conference while Duke was second with four representatives.
The Blue Devils open 2014 NCAA Team Championship play Saturday, May 10 in a 12 p.m. meeting with Winthrop. Elon and Tennessee will also compete in the Durham Regional that weekend. For ticket information, visit GoDuke.com.