Mississippi State men's tennis

Mississippi State’s Nuno Borges, right, returns a shot while Strahinja Rakic gets into position during a No. 1 doubles match against Alabama State last week.

Winning the doubles point can be critical in a top 10 college tennis showdown.

That's what the Mississippi State Bulldogs will see against TCU on Saturday and they hope that comes at the Pitts Tennis Center on the MSU campus.

“Against the best teams, it almost always comes down to doubles,” MSU senior Nuno Borges said. “Singles is so even and that one doubles point, sometimes one set, is all you need. It’s important to bring the momentum to singles too. You are relaxed and feel like you have an edge on opponents.”

The Bulldogs have had a history of winning matches over the years when the doubles point went their way. Since the beginning of the 1993 season under the current format, MSU has a record of 299-70 (81 %) when it captured the doubles point, including a 166-16 mark in the confines of the home courts of Pitts Tennis Center.

During this season, the Bulldogs are 21-2 when winning the doubles point and they haven’t been beaten in 11 matches at home when getting the doubles point.

MSU will host TCU at 1 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. There is a chance the match could be moved out of Starkviille if the conditions will not allow play in Starkville.

For more on Bulldog men's tennis, see Saturday's Starkville Daily News.

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