Cid advances to Sweet 16
For the second time in three years, Roberto Cid is headed to college tennis' version of the Sweet 16.
The USF senior, seeded No. 2 overall in the NCAA men's singles tournament in Tulsa, Okla., dispatched second-round foe Mazen Osama of Alabama, 6-0, 6-3 on Thursday to earn a berth in the Round of 16.
He'll be joined in the round by teammate Dominic Cotrone, who earned 7-5, 6-3 triuimph against South Carolina's Gabriel Friedrich. The victory assured Cotrone of All-America status, which Cid already had attained with his No. 2 seeding and No. 2 ranking by the ITA.
A quarterfinal qualifier as a sophomore in 2014, Cid faces either Uros Petronijevic of San Diego or Oklahoma's Axel Alvarez Llamas in the Round of 16. He topped Petronijevic in three sets earlier this season.
“At this point in the season, you’re peaking," said Cid, pushed to three sets in his opening-round match against Texas Tech's Felipe Soares.
"You’re playing your best; you expect to play the best, especially at the end with NCAAs and all these big matches coming up. I’m feeling good about my level (of play).”
Cid, one of two Bulls players in the singles bracket, is seeking to become USF's first national champion in any sport since distance runner Jon Dennis won the second of his consecutive 5,000-meter outdoors titles in 1993.