Wednesday October 31, 2012Diep Advances at Pensacola Futures Championship
University of Florida men’s tennis player Florent Diep won his first round match on Wednesday in the main draw of the 2012 Pensacola Futures Championship, an ITF Men’s Circuit event. Diep upset No. 8 seed Bjorn Frantangelo, 7-5, 6-1, to advance to the second round. Diep is entered into the event as an amateur and advanced through four rounds of qualifying earlier this week.
“I felt pretty good today,” said Diep. “I felt that I was more disciplined with my game plan going in and it worked.”
With the victory, Diep advances to face Kyle Edmund in the second round on Thursday. Edmund, from Great Britain, won last week’s ITF Men’s Circuit event in Birmingham and defeated Patrick Daciek in the first round of the Pensacola event on Wednesday. Complete results and the entire draw can be found on the event’s official site.
Diep, a junior from Paris, France, was down a break in the first set against Frantangelo before fighting back to win the first set 7-5.
“Flo stuck to the game plan and attacked when he had a chance,” said assistant coach Amer Delic. “He got down a break in the first set, but kept sticking to the pattern in the long run and it worked.”
“I knew coming in that he had a good forehand,” said Diep. “I was trying to hit mostly to his backhand, and I felt I did pretty good limiting his forehand.”
After pulling out the first set, the second set was all Diep.
“I think [Frantangelo] got frustrated toward the end of first set and Flo just stayed on him and never really gave him a chance to come back,” said Delic. “The fact that Flo got through qualifiers when it was windy and cold, getting through first three matches, helped in his match today because [Frantangelo] played didn’t have to play any qualifiers. Flo used his experience the first few days to get through today’s match.”
Diep, who is used to playing on clay courts in his native France, has enjoyed being back on the surface after lots of time on the hard courts in the United States.
“It’s been good,” said Diep. “The clay courts here are not like the red clay that we have in France. The ball bounces a little lower, but it’s been good.”