The final for the 2019 Old Capitol Championship was blessed with a beautiful 80-degree day. This allowed play to be moved back to the outdoor courts for the first time since Tuesday. The championship match featured No. 3 seed, Alex Rybakov, against No. 4 seed, John McNally. Rybakov recently completed his eligibility playing for Texas Christian University and McNally will return to The Ohio State University for his junior season.
The first set started off as expected; an absolutely tight fought battle that was going serve for serve. Rybakov had the touch at the net and McNally had the powerful shots that just kept forcing Rybakov on the defense. The first set went to a tie breaker where Rybakov got the early mini break and held to win the first set 7-6.
The second set began much the same way as each player held serve until Rybakov got a ball that he believed went long but was not called. This gave McNally the first break of serve in the match and the second set.
The deciding set continued the exciting shot making and athleticism fans witnessed in the first two sets. Both Rybakov and McNally used a variety of angles, attacking play, and strong serving advance the match to 5-5 in the third set. With McNally serving at 5-5, Rybakov earned his first break of the match. However, McNally responded by immediately breaking back to tie the set at 6-6 and force the championship to be decided with a third set tiebreak. Despite being broken in the previous game, Rybakov began the tiebreak by winning the first three points and didn’t look back. In the end Rybakov defeated McNally 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(3) to earn the 2019 Old Capitol Singles Championship. The singles final was by far the most competitive match of the tournament, lasting 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Additional information and complete scores can be found at www.oldcapitoltennis.com. We look forward to the third Old Capitol Tennis Championships in July, 2020.