Men's Tennis: Badgers get first conference win

Sophomore Oskar Wikberg and the Badgers have won nine out of 10 matches played at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

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As the conference season begins to heat up, the Badgers got their first Big Ten win of the season Sunday.

Wisconsin (1-2 Big Ten, 9-7 overall) continued their home court dominance by beating Iowa (1-1, 9-5) 5-2 at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

Freshman John Zordani clinched the win for the Badgers in comeback fashion after dropping the second set.

Winning at home is nothing new for UW men’s tennis as they have combined for 29 wins and just nine losses over the last two and a half seasons.

The Badgers are 9-1 at home this season. If they win out at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium, they will tie the school record of 13 home wins, which was set in 2009-’10.

Before their first Big Ten win against Iowa, Wisconsin lost three straight on the road including a 7-0 loss against conference foe, Nebraska (1-1, 9-7).

In the last 10 games the Badgers are 6-4 with all six of those wins coming at home. Three of those victories were against ranked opponents.

Looking ahead, the last eight games of the season are against Big Ten opponents.

Four of these games will be played at home, while the other four will test the Badgers’ toughness on the road.

The most notable opponent in the remainder of the season will be No. 2 Ohio State (4-0, 19-2) winners of seven of the last eight Big Ten championships.

No. 9 Illinois and No. 25 Northwestern will also be tough matchups in the upcoming weeks.

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