#33 UW 3, #51 Cal 4

SEATTLE - Ken Nakahara rallied from a set down and a 2-5 second set deficit to beat Patrik Fischer 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 and give 51st ranked California a stunning 4-3 victory over host and 33rd ranked Washington in men's tennis at Quillian Stadium on a warm and sunny Friday afternoon.

With the victory in a match that lasted four hours, the Bears improved to 2-1 in the Pac-10 and 12-7 overall while the Huskies dropped to 0-3 and 12-6. The Bears also handed the Huskies their first home loss of the 2007 season after 10 wins.

With his victory at the fourth singles position, Nakahara extended his winning streak to 12 matches.

After trailing Fischer by a service break and 2-5 in the second set, Nakahara held serve for 3-5. Fischer then had a chance to serve for the match and the Huskies' first Pac-10 victory but Nakahara came up with three winners, the final one a forehand into the deuce court, to break Fischer and make it 4-5. He then held serve for a 5 all tie but Fischer came back with his own hold to regain a 6-5 lead.

Nakahara had to hold serve to extend the match, but it looked like he would not when Fischer had two match points at 15-40. However, a forehand into the net and a service winner brought the game back to deuce. After the two players traded points for a second deuce, a forehand drop shot winner gave Fischer a third match point, but Nakahara saved that one and won two more points to tie the set at 6 and force a tiebreak. Nakahara absolutely sizzled in the tiebreak, smacking five winners en route to a 7-1 win.

In the third set Fischer broke Nakahara in the opening game for a 1-0 lead, but Nakahara won the next four games, breaking Fischer twice, to take a 4-1 lead. Although at that point Fischer trailed by only one break, it seemed like a bigger lead for Nakahara to some of the Husky partisans in the crowd. All Nakahara had to do was trade holds of serve with Fischer and the Bears would win the match, and he did exactly that, winning the final set 6-3.

The Huskies led the dual match at one point 3- 2 and had their chances to clinch the win at the second singles position, but Cal's Tyler Browne won 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-4 over Daniel Chu to tie the match at 3 points each.

In the first set Chu had just broken Browne to go up 6-5 and had a 40-0 lead on his own serve to win the set, but he committed a pair of errors to make it 40-30. Then Browne came up with three straight winners to tie the set at 6 and force a tiebreak. Chu won the first two points but Browne won the next six to claim four set points. Chu saved one with a forehand overhead smash but Browne took the one set lead with a backhand passing shot winner. The disappointing outcome of the first set did not seem to affect Chu, as he dominated the second 6-1.

In the decisive third set the two players held serve through the first nine games with Browne leading 5-4 only because he served first. Chu had a chance to break for a 4-3 lead in the seventh game, but Browne came up with a forehand approach winner.

With Nakahara apparently headed to victory over Fischer on Court 4, Chu had to hold to keep alive Husky hopes for winning. Unfortunately a winner off a net cord and two unforced errors put Chu in an 0-40 hole and gave Browne three match points. Chu saved two but Browne closed out the match with a forehand approach passing shot.

The Huskies began the match by winning the doubles point to take a 1-0 lead. Chu and Alex Slovic extended their own all-time career Husky record for doubles wins to 81 with an 8-4 win over Browne and John Pettit in the top match.

After Pierre Mouillon and Daniel Sebescen gave Cal an 8-5 win over Derek Drabble and Andy Kuharszky at third doubles, Fischer and Mike Ricks secured the point for Washington by prevailing over Geoff Chizever and Eoin Heavey 9-7 at the second position.

When play shifted to singles Slovic had absolutely no trouble with Mouillon at the #1 position, winning easily 6-2, 6-1 and giving the Huskies a 2-0 lead.

However, Cal came back to tie the match at 2 points each. Sebescen beat Drabble 6-3, 6-2 in straight sets at the fifth position and Kallim Stewart followed with a 7-6, 6-3 win over Ricks at #6. Kuharszky then won 6-1,7-6(2) over Heavey at third singles.

The Huskies return to action when they face 60th ranked Stanford at Quillian Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

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