For the third consecutive night, Alex Bogomolov Jr. and the Texas Wild rallied in the final set to force a 13-point World TeamTennis super tiebreaker on Saturday night, but for the first time this season, Bogomolov and the Wild couldn’t come up with the victory in a super tiebreaker, falling to the Springfield Lasers 19-18.
Unlike the two previous nights against San Diego and Philadelphia when Alex Bogomolov and Aisam Qureshi rallied the Wild to wins in super tiebreakers, Bogomolov had to do it by himself Saturday. After falling behind 3-1 in the final set against Michael Russell, Bogomolov was able to rally to win the set 5-3 and tie the overall score at 18-18.
In the super tiebreaker (first to seven points), Bogomolov appeared to have the match well in hand after taking a 6-2 lead, but Russell fought off five straight match points and won when Bogomolov’s forehand down the line flew long on the deciding point.
Also unlike the two previous matches, the Wild (4-2) got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 10-5 lead in the first two sets. Qureshi and Bogomolov opened by winning men’s doubles 5-2 over Russell and James Blake. Anabel Medina Garrigues then rallied from an 0-3 deficit for a 5-3 victory over Olga Govortsova in women’s doubles to put Texas up 10-5.
However, Springfield (2-3) came back to take a 15-13 lead going into the final set with a 5-2 victory in mixed doubles and a 5-1 win in women’s doubles.
The Western Conference-leading Wild takes on the San Diego Aviators at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Four Seasons Resort and Club. Tickets are available at Texaswildtennis.com.