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Baughman to face McdDonald in Claremont Final

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Calling his semifinal performance “quite average,” and “routine” Southern Californian teenager Deiton Baughman continued his run through the Claremont Club Pro Classic draw advancing to Sunday’s final without dropping a set.

Baughman, 19, beat former Pepperdine All-American Sebastian Faneslow of Germany, 6-3, 6-3, at the USTA Pro Circuit $10,000 Futures event being played at the Claremont Club and will take on UCLA junior Mackenzie McDonald in the 10 a.m. championship match.

McDonald avenged a previous loss to University of Virginia sophomore Collin Altamirano at the 2013 U.S. Open Junior tournament in which McDonald was up a set and a break and lost. He beat Altamirano quickly 6-2, 6-2 in the other semifinal on Saturday.

Two years ago, another then-UCLA junior Marcos Giron beat his Bruin teammate Dennis Novikov to win the Claremont title. He then proceeded to capture the 2014 NCAA singles championship in May before forgoing his senior season and turning pro. It’s a scenario that Giron’s former teammate McDonald is aware of, and something he would no doubt like to repeat.

Baughman, who had never faced Faneslow before Saturday, has beaten McDonald the only time they have faced off against each other two years ago at the Costa Mesa Futures tournament. “But that was a long time ago and we’ve both really improved tremendously since then,” Baughman said.

He added: “It was a solid win for me today. I didn’t play my best by any means. In fact, I played quite average, but it was enough for a very routine win. It should be a great match with Mackie tomorrow. He’s a great player with tons of experience and someone who I really respect as an athlete and competitor.

“I just have to keep playing the way I have, and serve and compete well.”

Baughman admits to being a little sarcastic, which showed through on one of his earlier Tweets during the week via his Twitter feed @deiton_baughman. It read: “I know I just turned pro last year but I'm already looking forward to retirement #JustBeingHonest #CountingDownTheDays.”

“I’m obviously a pretty sarcastic guy,” Baughman said. “You wait around after a rain delay for six or seven hours to play a first-round match and you envision what it would be like at 33 or 34 to be retired and just sitting around watching TV instead of waiting around to play a 10K first round. It’s just all sarcasm. I love what I do and I love competing.”

Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Result:

Mackenzie McDonald, U.S., def. Collin Altamirano, 6-2, 6-2

Deiton Baughman, U.S. (2), def. Sebastian Faneslow, Germany, 6-3, 6-3

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