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Geneva’s Ryan Fishback wins NYS tennis championship

Geneva junior Ryan Fishback defeated Syosset’s Kabir Rajpal in three sets (6-0, 3-6, 6-2) on Saturday during the NYSPHSAA Boys Tennis Championship finals at the USTA Billie Jean National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens.

Fishback’s second-set loss to Rajpal was his first lost set of the tournament after winning each of his previous eight sets 6-3 or better.

Fishback defeated Keon Armstrong of Chatham 6-1, 6-2 in round one, then won a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Callum Markowitz of White Plains in the second round. Then, he beat Greg Hastings of North Tonawanda 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, followed by a 6-3, 6-2 semifinals win over Keio’s Ryo Sakai.

With the victory, Fishback found redemption from last season’s state final loss and becomes the first Section V boys tennis state champion since 2015.

Fishback was interviewed after advancing to the finals on Friday afternoon: