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Mackenzie McDonald through to semis of Claremont Club Pro Classic

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It was only six days ago that Mackenzie McDonald was being watched by hundreds of ardent fans at one of the most iconic venues in all of tennis as he won three matches and captured the second annual American Collegiate Invitational played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The Claremont Club is a long way from Flushing, Queens, in New York City, but McDonald’s winning ways continued regardless as the 20-year-old UCLA junior advanced to the semifinals of the Claremont Club Pro Classic, a USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures event, on Friday.

The unseeded McDonald beat Pac-12 rival and tournament qualifier Tom Fawcett, 6-2, 6-4, to improve his career record to 4-0 against the Stanford sophomore. The two previous wins came at the No. 1 position during the past dual-match season with McDonald eking out a close 7-6 (6), 6-7 (6), 10-8 win in mid-April in a Stanford team victory, 4-2.

“We played twice last year during the college season and once before in a pro event,” said McDonald, who is currently taking three courses this quarter in Westwood. “I’ve had some success against him but it’s always a battle.”

McDonald will face 19-year-old University of Virginia sophomore Collin Altamirano in the second Saturday semifinal, not before 11:30 a.m. Altamirano had an easy time beating Mexico’s Daniel Garza, the No. 5 seed, 6-2, 6-0.

McDonald said Altamirano got the better of him in three sets at the Junior U.S. Open in 2013, the same year Altamirano won the Boys’ 18s Nationals at Kalamazoo, Mich.

McDonald chose not to enter the new ITA Oracle Masters event, a first-time event taking place at the Malibu Racquet Club this weekend and said pro events will be his focus this fall, and not college events.

“More pro tournaments, definitely,” said McDonald, who will do two more Futures in SoCal before heading up north to his hometown area and play the Challengers there.

In the other semifinal, the only remaining seeded player in singles, 19-year-old Deiton Baughman, will take on former Pepperdine All-American Sebastian Faneslow in the first match on at 10 a.m.

Just like McDonald, the player he beat in the final of the U.S. Open ACI also came into Claremont on a New York high as recent Vanderbilt graduate Gonzales Austin of Miami teamed with Jean-Yves Aubone to win the doubles title on Friday. The No. 2-seeded team beat the top-seeded team of Junior Ore and Hunter Nicholas, 7-5, 3-6, 10-6.

Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Results:

Mackenzie McDonald, U.S., def. Tom Fawcett, U.S. (q), 6-2, 6-4

Collin Altamirano, U.S., def. Daniel Garza, Mexico (5), 6-2, 6-0

Sebastian Faneslow, Germany, def. Ernesto Escobedo, U.S., 6-3, 7-5

Deiton Baughman, U.S. (2), def. Gonzales Austin, U.S., 6-3, 6-2

Friday’s Final Doubles Result:

Jean-Yves Aubone, U.S. / Gonzales Austin, U.S. (2), def. Junior Ore, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas, U.S. (1), 7-5, 3-6, 10-6