Men rebound with two convincing home wins

Minnesota won 12 of 14 matches to halt its losing streak at three.

Senior Phillip Arndt returns a hit Saturday during the Men's Tennis team's competition against the Arizona Wildcats.

Senior Phillip Arndt returns a hit Saturday during the Men’s Tennis team’s competition against the Arizona Wildcats.

Charlie Armitz

Following three straight losses to ranked teams, the No. 34 men’s tennis team is back in business.

The Gophers defeated No. 61 Arizona 7-0 on Saturday and unranked DePaul 5-2 on Sunday at the Baseline Tennis Center to improve to 3-3 on the season.

It was Minnesota’s third convincing win at home to start the season — the Gophers also swept Marquette on Jan. 21 — but these two were much needed.

The Gophers hadn’t won a singles match since Jan. 29 and had lost 15 of their last 18 matches in total. They appeared overmatched at times against top-40 opponents San Diego, Louisiana State and Louisville during their two-week road trip.

This weekend, it was Minnesota’s opponents that looked overmatched.

The Gophers didn’t drop a set in singles or doubles play Saturday, and they needed less than three hours to sweep the Wildcats.

Phillip Arndt (No. 1 singles) held on to defeat Arizona’s Andre Vidaller after saving three consecutive break points at 2-3 in the second set.

At second singles, No. 118 Leandro Toledo defeated the Wildcats’ Sumeet Shinde 6-4, 6-3 in the day’s longest match.

Sunday’s contest against DePaul — which defeated Arizona 6-1 on Saturday — was much closer, as Minnesota needed two tiebreakers to pull out victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles before controlling singles play.

The 50th-ranked tandem of Rok Bonin and Julian Dehn won 9-8 (2) at No. 1 doubles, while Arndt and Jack Hamburg won 9-8 (5) at No. 2 doubles.

Bonin, Dehn and Hamburg each dominated their singles match later Sunday, losing just eight games combined.

Arndt won an opening-set tiebreaker in his singles match against DePaul’s Filip Dzanko, but he lost the second set 6-2 and lost a third-set supertiebreaker 10-5.

Mathieu Froment (No. 5 singles) also lost a third-set supertiebreaker, falling 10-5 to Matija Palinic after winning the second set 6-4. Froment had also rallied from 5-0 down in the first set, only to lose it 7-5.

At No. 2 singles, Toledo defeated George Chanturia 6-4, 7-5.

Minnesota will have a week off before it hosts rival Wisconsin on Feb. 25. The Gophers defeated the Badgers twice last season in Madison, Wis.