Robert Farah Carries On For USC Men In All-American

Oct. 4, 2007

TULSA, OKLA. - USC sophomore Robert Farah has advanced to the third round of the Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American after pulling out back-to-back three-set wins in main draw action today in Tulsa, Okla. Farah had entered the main draw as a qualifier after picking up three wins during qualifying rounds. He will face TCU's Cosmin Cotet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday.

Farah opened the morning with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Michigan State's Nick Rinks to move into the second round. There, he clashed with Clint Bowles of Florida State, and the sophomore Trojan pushed past his opponent in three once again, putting the finishing touches on the match with a shutout for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 decision that moves him into tomorrow's third round.

Also competing in main draw singles play was senior Kaes Van't Hof, who cruised past Tennessee's Chris Racz 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round before getting tangled in a tight battle with UCLA's Mohamed Abid in the second round. Van't Hof edged Abid in a first-set tiebreaker, but the Bruin answered back by stealing the second set in another tiebreaker. Abid went on to grab the win, beating Van't Hof by a final decision of 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Van't Hof went on to team back up with Farah for the main draw doubles competition, but the pair was up against a 5-8 seeded Alabama team of Buikema/Thibaudeau. Farah/Van't Hof were topped by Buikema/Thibaudeau 8-4 to close out their main draw run in the first round.

POLO RALPH LAUREN MEN'S ALL-AMERICAN

SINGLES

MAIN DRAW
THURS., OCT. 4
First Round
Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. Chris Racz (TENN) - 6-3, 6-4
Robert Farah (USC) def. Nick Rinks (MICHST) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Second Round
Mohamed Abid (UCLA) def. Van't Hof (USC) - 6-7(6), 7-6(4), 6-4
Farah (USC) def. Clint Bowles (FLST) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

FRI., OCT. 5
Third Round
Farah (USC) vs. Cosmin Cotet (TCU) - 10:30 a.m.

DOUBLES

MAIN DRAW
THURS., OCT. 4
First Round
(5-8) Buikema/Thibaudeau (ALA) def. Farah/Van't Hof (USC) - 8-4

SINGLES QUALIFYING CONSOLATION
Sanam Singh (UVA) def. Jason McNaughton (USC) - 6-4, 6-3

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