June 23, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - Tim Puetz's first career appearance on the grass courts of the All England Club will always be a memorable one as the former Auburn All-American advanced to the second round at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili in London.
With the win, Puetz advances to take on No. 16 seed Fabio Fognini of Italy on Wednesday in the second round. Fognini, who is currently ranked 15th in the world in singles, defeated American Alex Kuznetsov 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 9-7 in a five-setter on Court 18.
Puetz recorded 19 aces in his first-round win and battled back after dropping the first set to Gabashvili to start the match. Puetz's first serve was dominant throughout Monday's opening-round match, winning 44-of-56 points. The former Tiger also collected 56 winners and was a perfect 11-for-11 on points won at the net. The victory for Puetz marked his first career win at a Grand Slam event.
While at Auburn, Puetz was a four-year letterwinner and All-American. Puetz and teammate Alexey Tsyrenov advanced to the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Doubles Championships, finishing the year ranked sixth in the nation by the ITA. Puetz picked up his second straight All-America honor in 2010, making a historic run to the NCAA semifinals in singles.
During his four seasons at Auburn, Puetz posted at least 18 singles wins each year. During his senior season, Puetz posted an astonishing .857 winning percentage, compiling an 18-3 record in singles. He also earned All-SEC honors during each of his four season at Auburn.
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