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Pepperdine Star Claims Men’s Futures

Former Pepperdine Star Claims Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures

Sebastian Fanselow defeats Fountain Valley favorite Takanyi Garanganga in two sets

Though his opponent was unofficially adopted by members of the Los Caballeros Racquet and Sports Club this week, Germany’s Sebastian Fanselow defeated Zimbabwe’s Takayni Garanganga Sunday in the finals of the Los Cab USTA Men’s Futures.

The sixth-seeded Fanselow, 24, who is the fifth-leading singles winner in Pepperdine University history, beat fourth-seeded Garanganga relatively easy in the first set, 6-1, but merely outlasted him in a fierce second set, which ended with a 20-point tiebreaker.

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“I started off well but then he started playing better and I was fortunate to win the tie-breaker,” said Fanselow, who won two weeks ago in Claremont. “He probably should have won that. I don’t know how many times he had the serve to win, but that’s the way it goes sometimes in tennis. You just try to keep your head in the game and play it out.”

Garangana, 26, had a one-point lead twice late in the tie-breaker, but couldn’t capitalize.

He did have the support of the approximately 125 people on hand during the match. Tournament Director Hank Lloyd praised Garanganga for helping out a club member tennis clinic the day before his semifinal, and Los Cab club member Holly Evans said he charmed everyone at the facility.

“We actually hosted him during the event,” said Evans, who lives in Huntington Beach. He was the friendliest, most personable  guy you could imagine. He interacted so well with everybody.”

Fanselow nearly claimed two titles this week, but his quest for the doubles championship, along with his Austrian partner Sebastian Bader, ended Friday at the hands of Hunter and Yates Johnson.

For his singles victory, Fanselow, who lives in Encino and trains in Los Angeles, earned $1,440 but, more important, he accrued points that will count toward his ranking on the ATP tour. Fanselow entered the tournament ranked 521st in the world.

Part of the developmental tour of the USTA, the free event, which ran for 18 years in Costa Mesa before moving to Fountain Valley this year, is an opportunity to see the future of professional tennis today.

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