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Exsted Digs Deep in Final to Capture Gold in Boys 12s

Max Exsted had to battle to capture the USTA Boys 12 National Championships singles title at Mobile, Alabama.

Singles Champion Max Exsted
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The third-seeded Exsted was down 1-5 and 15-40 in the first set of the final with No. 2 Abhinav Chunduru. Exsted continued plugging along and took a 6-5 lead in the first stanza. Chunduru fired up and forced a tiebreaker. Although he was down in the breaker, Exsted rallied and took the first set 7-6 (5). Exsted then breezed to a 6-0 second-set win to capture his first USTA singles gold ball.

“I was more aggressive and fought for every point,” said Exsted, who did not drop a singles set in the tournament at the Mobile Tennis Center. “I hit a lot of drop shots to keep him off the baseline (including the shot which gave him the title).”

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