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May 26, 2008

#1 Somdev Devvarman (Virginia)

#1 Somdev Devvarman (Virginia) def. J.P. Smith (Tennessee) 6-3, 6-2
About the match...
"I knew coming into the match that JP was a good player who relied heavily on his serve. That was a key piece of his game and I knew that. For JP to find a way to beat me he had to serve unbelievable and play a really good return game. Before I went on the court the main thing that coach told me was find a way to hold your own serve. That's the most important thing. That's exactly what I did. I focused really hard on my serve and waited for my chances. JP played a loose game in the first set and I just rode the momentum into the second. Before I knew it I was up two breaks and serving for the match and that pretty much sums up the whole match."

On winning back-to-back NCAA singles titles...
"It's definitely a great feeling. This is the way pretty much anyone would like to end their college career. Two straight singles championships, and I've said it before that people just don't win it single handedly, nobody does. So before I take credit, I have to give credit to all the people behind the scenes that work with me all the time. My coaches, my strength coaches, my parents, my professors and my best friends who always support me. The list just goes on and on. My doctors my trainers, I could go on forever. The entire UVA athletic staff it's just unbelievable. Without that kind of support I don't think this kind of thing is possible. I would really like to thank them and tell them I'm really grateful for what they've given me the last four years."

Brian Boland, Virginia Head Coach
On coaching a player like Somdev...
"Just listening to him these last 30 seconds I think sums it up about as well as it can. He's a special guy. He has incredible perspective and is mature beyond his years. The way he approaches his life and his tennis on a day- to-day basis is one thing that makes him so great. He has a certain calmness to him and a level of consistency that allows him to continue to move forward each match and play at a high level. Nobody prepares better than Somdev. He has great intelligence for how to play the game, but most importantly he always knows what his strengths and weaknesses are and plays within himself. You saw that again today. He has a great ability to do the things that he does best over and over, and continue to make other parts of his game more complete which he has done over the course of the last four years."