Former Buckeye All-American Mikael Torpegaard picked up two nice victories this week in Australian Open qualifying to reach the final round.
The Denmark native, who entered the week ranked No. 192 in the world, dominated Mats Moraing 6-1, 6-0 in just 48 minutes in the opening round. He then bested No. 169 Zhizhen Zhang 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 to advance to the final round. There he ran into a streaking Tomas Machac and would fall in straight sets.
Torpegaard finished an unpredictable 2020 on a high note, making a run to the semis at the Challenger event in Cary in November. He has worked hard on his forehand this offseason and hopefully the matches this week will be a springboard for a fun 2021.
Fellow Buckeye All-American Blaz Rola was also in the qualifying draw. He defeated Ernests Gulbis 7-6(3), 6-3 in the first round and then fell to Mathias Bourgue 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-3 in the second round.