Fruttero Advances to Quarterfinals of Rolex Indoor Championships
Feb. 2, 2001
DALLAS, TX - No. 7-ranked singles player John Paul Fruttero advanced today to the quarterfinals of the Rolex National Intercollegiate Indoor championships, the third leg of the ITA Grand Slam. The sophomore from San Marino, CA, advanced earlier in the year to the semifinals at the ITA All-American tournament in October, the second leg of the Grand Slam. Fruttero made his way to the semifinals by knocking off the No. 1 seed, Brian Vahaly of Virginia. In doing so, Fruttero became the first Cal player to advance to the semifinals since 1986.
Fruttero advanced yesterday to the second round of the 32-player field by defeating Radovan Chrz of West Florida (7-6(3), 6-0). Today, Fruttero showed why he's one of the top players in the country, knocking off Mississippi State's Romain Ambert in the round of 16 (4-6, 6-4, 7-5).
Fruttero will play his quarterfinal match at 2:30 p.m. against the No. 4 seed, Oskar Johansson of Arkansas. Johansson will prove a formidable opponent, as Johansson defeated Brian Vahaly of Virginia comfortably in the first round, 6-0, 6-2, before defeating Stanford's top singles player and ITA Regional singles champion, K.J. Hippensteel, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.