"Filip is a true dual match player with his best results coming during the spring season. His backcourt game features a world class backhand. I expect him to finish his Rice career on a high note and help us make a deep run into the NCAA Tournament."
Honors at Rice
2005 All-WAC Second Team (Doubles)
2007-08 Season (Senior)
Tallied an 8-14 singles record seeing most of his action at the No. 4 position ... joined Ralph Knupfer, Christoph Müller and Dennis Polyakov for third place on the team securing two match-clinching points ... prevailed in three of first four three-set decisions ... fired back to win 12 straight games in a 2-6, 6-0, 6-0 triumph against USF's Diego Toledo (Jan. 27) ... defeated Arizona's Andres Carrasco 7-6 (5), 6-2 (Feb. 8) to clinch the match ... turned back Marwan Ramadan of No. 43 College of William and Mary (Feb. 17) 6-4, 6-4 ... outlasted Matan Shitrit of No. 50 San Diego State (March 3) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and Kevin Dessauer of No. 26 LSU (March 18) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 ... notched a gritty 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4 victory against Adolfo Solares of No. 47 SMU (April 19) to propel the Owls into the C-USA Championship match ... played doubles with three different partners that included a 7-6 record with Chong Wang ... clinched doubles point with a gritty 9-8 (2) victory over Derek Stephens and Christian Welte of No. 20 North Carolina State (Feb. 1) ... also knocked off pairs from No. 24 Miami (Feb. 10), No. 42 Old Dominion (Feb. 16) and No. 43 College of William and Mary (Feb. 17) ... paired with Bruno Rosa for an 8-6 win over Zach Nichols and Jack Seider of No. 34 TCU (May 9) at NCAA Tournament ... lost six of his eight singles decisions during the fall season ... made Round of 16 at The Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 12-14) before falling to Texas' Kellen Damico ... appeared in Round of 32 at Wilson/ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 20-23) ... won two of three doubles matches with Chong Wang at the Wilson/ITA South Central Regional Championships (Oct. 20-22) en route to Round of 16 appearance ... notched 8-6 victories over pairs from Texas and UTSA.
2006-07 Season (Junior)
Carried momentum from the end of the fall season and won nine of his 13 matches during the dual match season ... notched five consecutive singles wins against opponents from No. 72 San Diego (March 10), No. 73 Miami (March 18), No. 52 Oklahoma (March 23) and No. 33 College of William and Mary (March 24) ... put Rice into the C-USA Championship finals with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over SMU's Adolfo Solares (April 21) at the No. 6 position ... won final six singles matches of the fall season, including ITA South Central Regional Championships consolation draw (Oct. 21-24) ... eliminated his final three opponents in straight sets after winning three consecutive super tiebreaker.
2005-06 Season (Sophomore)
Finished the year 15-17 in singles and 12-10 in doubles ... at the Rice/Downtown Club at the Met Indoor Invitaitonal, rebounded from a three-set first round loss to advance to the backdraw consolation finals ... won six straight, including his first three dual matches ... teamed with Ralph Knupfer for an 8-6 doubles mark in dual matches, including 2-1 at No. 1 position.
2004-05 Season (Freshman)
Named to the All-WAC Second Team in doubles with Tony Haerle ... went 9-11 in singles and 11-9 in doubles play with Haerle ... won eight out of nine doubles matches from Feb. 5 to March 10 ... posted a 2-1 mark in the WAC championship tournament.
2004 graduate of the International School of Belgrade in Belgrade, Serbia ... four-year starter for coach Branislav Jeuremovic and the Buccaneers ... national champion in under-18's ... won the Eastern European School championships ... held No. 1 ranking in Yugoslavia for two consecutive years ... helped Buccaneers to a 9-0 record and the East European championships crown ... ranked in the top 30 in the European Tennis Association ... also competed in basketball and soccer.
Son of Bobo Zivojinovic and Zorica Nakic ... born on August 19, 1985 ... has three brothers and one sister ... majoring in psychology ... member of Baker College.
Owls Season Ends in NCAA Opener
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Bennett and Warren Qualify for NCAA Doubles
05/04/2016 - Rice juniors Tommy Bennett and David Warren will represent Rice and Conference USA as the conference’s automatic qualifier in the 2016 NCAA...
Owls Set for NCAA Action
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Ustundag and Hansen Earn C-USA Accolades
05/02/2016 - Rice men’s tennis head coach Efe Ustundag has been named Conference USA Men’s Tennis Coach of the Year while Jake Hansen was tabbed C-U...
Rice Tennis to Host NCAA Selection Party
04/29/2016 - Rice tennis fans are invited to join with the members of the Owls men's and women's teams in the R Room at Rice Stadium Tuesday, May 3 for the...
Energized Owls Race to First Title Since 2010
04/24/2016 - Spurred on by a raucous crowd of 537, the 26th ranked Rice men’s tennis team rode a blistering start in doubles and the steady play of their ...
Owls and Monarchs to Battle for Crown
04/23/2016 - The 26th ranked Rice men’s tennis are one match away from completing a journey that fell one match short a year ago as they advanced to their...
Owls Race Past Roadrunners in C-USA Opener
04/22/2016 - Tommy Bennett and David Warren picked up wins in singles and doubles to lead the 26th Rice Owls to a 4-0 win over UTSA in the opening round of the ...
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