A wet afternoon slowed the action, but it couldn’t stop Michael Shabaz from hosting a trophy Sunday afternoon at Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Shabaz, 25, pushed through a 2.5-hour weather delay after the second set to take down Jason Tahir, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 in the 2013 PNC Men’s Futures of Pittsburgh, a USTA Pro Circuit event. It was the third Pro Circuit event in Middle States this year, and the only men’s event taking place in the Section.
“It’s always hard to win a tournament,” Shabaz said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after the match. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Boys 12s or Futures or any level, it’s just hard to finish a tournament. So it’s a sign of relief when you finish a tournament on a winning note. Fortunately, I had just enough to get through that at the end.”
Shabaz, a former star at the University of Virginia, made it happen by fighting off Tahir’s big serve in a physical battle that seemed to be an extension of a match last month in Rochester. During that event, Shabaz edged Tahir, Duke standout, in a similar three-set matchup.
Immediately after the match, Tahir took the court to compete in the doubles match, but once again came up just short. Tahir was teamed with Duke teammate and Pittsburgh native Chris Mengel, but lost to Marcos Giron and Connor Smith, 6-3, 6-3.
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