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Florida senior Lukas Greif hits the ball with his racket during the Gators' 6-1 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks Friday, March 24, 2023.
Florida senior Lukas Greif hits the ball with his racket during the Gators' 6-1 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks Friday, March 24, 2023.

Florida men’s tennis lost to two top-10 ranked SEC opponents in a difficult weekend. The team made the most of their “get-right” game against North Florida.

The No. 21 Florida Gators (13-10, 5-5 SEC) defeated the North Florida Ospreys (14-6, 7-1 ASUN) 7-0 Tuesday evening in Gainesville.

Sophomore Nate Bonetto and freshman Tanapatt Nirundorn, a pair that has found some success recently for Florida, started doubles play with a 6-0 shutout win over North Florida juniors PJ Kotan and Bruno Vietri.

In the next doubles match to finish, Gators freshman Jonah Braswell and senior Lukas Greif defeated Ospreys sophomore Breno Marques and freshman Andreas Scott 6-3. The win secured the doubles point for Florida.

The last doubles match was played between Florida graduate student Axel Nefve and junior Will Grant — a pair that rose to No. 6-ranked in doubles play this week — and North Florida juniors Rodrigo Crespo and Jonas Hartenstein. The match was retired after Florida secured the doubles point.

Play went Nirundorn’s way again when he took the court in the singles round. He beat Scott in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.

Bonetto almost matched his doubles teammate's performance to the exact score. He pulled out a straight-sets singles win of his own over Marques, 6-0, 6-3.

Greif earned the Gators’ fourth-straight point with his two-set victory over Vietry, 6-1, 6-1. The point secured the victory for Florida. It also marked Greif’s team-best fifth match win of the season.

Though Florida already secured the win, there were three matches left to finish.

Grant, the No. 83-ranked singles player, won UF’s fourth-straight singles win with a straight-sets victory over Crespo, 6-4, 6-4.

The No. 106-ranked Braswell kept the fun going for the Gators. He dispatched his opponent, Kotan, in two sets, 6-1, 6-2.

Nefve — who jumped 40 spots in the latest ranking to No. 41 — ended the Gators’ dominant day with a straight-sets win over Hartenstein, 7-6 (4), 6-0.

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The Gators will stay home to face the No. 5-ranked Kentucky Wildcats, a team they lost to in the Indoor Tennis Association National Team Indoor Championships, at 5 p.m. Friday.

Contact Eitan Ohana at eohana@alligator.org. Follow him on Twitter @eitan_ohana.

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