Schneider and Madregallejo in Saturday 16s Semis
Ronnie Schneider (2), Bloomington, Ind., had a chance to scout Nikko Madregallejo (6), Monrovia, Calif., his semifinals opponent. Schneider finished his quarterfinals match, defeating Roy Lederman (19), Golden Beach, Fla., 6-3, 6-4, while Madregallejo was starting his third set. “I got off to such a good start,” Schneider said. “I got up 3-0 pretty quickly and I could tell he was a little bit frazzled. He usually doesn’t make that many unforced errors. But he was spraying some. I could tell he was a little bit tight. “My forehand kinda left me a little bit there in the second set. Later on in the first set and beginning of the second set, I was kinda not feeling it, but once I told myself to get my feet moving, my forehand was good.” Madregallejo defeated Noah Rubin (3), Rockville Centre, N.Y., 0-6, 6-1, 7-6(6) in Thursday’s quarters. Madregallejo, who was down two match points in the third set, said: “I was like, might as well go for it and see what works, just leave it all out there.” In the lopsided first two sets, “I think it was a momentum change,” Madregallejo said. “First set, he definitely had it. I was spraying balls all over the court. “Second set, I was able to take initiative, really go for my shots and be relaxed. Third set was when the match really started between both of us.” Schneider and Madregallejo also played each other in the quarterfinals of the Easter Bowl in April,, with Schneider winning the three-setter, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2. In 16s doubles, Schneider and Yale Goldberg, Beachwood, Ohio, are the top seeds and will play in today’s semifinals against the unseeded duo of Conrad Harron, Chicago, and Samuel Shropshire, Philadelphia. Madregallejo and Thai Kwiatkowski, Charlotte, N.C., were seeded third, but were upset in the fourth round by Haron and Shropshire.
Source: USTA Nationals Staff