ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — All the hard work Marcos Giron put into his conditioning at UCLA has paid off.
"Even though I've had some straight set matches this week, my body is still fatigued," he said. "It's tough coming out here playing in the hot and humid conditions all week long."
Giron beat Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian 6-4, 6-1 to win the Bruins' 11th men's national singles title on Monday.
The second-seeded Giron (30-5) is UCLA's first singles champion since Benjamin Kohlloeffel in 2006.
Sarkissian (34-10) was attempting to win the Waves' second NCAA title and first since 1988.
"He was just fitter than I was today," Sarkissian said. "He was the better player. There was nothing I could do. It's good for him. He outlasted me today. "
UCLA coach Billy Martin, who won a national singles title for the Bruins in 1975, said Giron is "as physically fit as any kid I've seen in college tennis."
Giron won after UCLA teammate Clay Thompson, the tournament's No. 1 seed, was upset in the first round by South Florida's Roberto Cid. Sarkissian beat Cid in the quarterfinals.
Giron's victory gives him an inside track to earn a spot in the main draw of the U.S. Open, though he must wait to see if it becomes a reality.