USC's Robert Farah Cracks All-American Quarterfinals

Oct. 5, 2007

TULSA, OKLA. - USC sophomore Robert Farah has made some space for himself in USC history by powering his way through qualifying and into the quarterfinals of the competitive Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American in Tulsa, Okla. Farah dropped his third-round opponent Cosmin Cotet (TCU) 7-6 (1), 7-6 (1) on Friday to earn his place in Saturday's quarterfinals. In doing so, Farah has also qualified for the National Indoors in February 2008, where he joins the 32-player field of the nation's top guns in the collegiate game.

Farah won his three matches during qualifying rounds to secure his place as a qualifier in the main draw. After two three-setters yesterday, Farah got things done in straight sets in today's third round. Both sets did go to tiebreakers, but Farah made quick work of the extra play to post a final decision of 7-6 (1), 7-6 (1). He will face Virginia's 9-16 seed Treat Huey on Saturday in the quarterfinals. Farah is one of three qualifiers to advance into the quarterfinals. Stanford's Alex Clayton and South Alabama's Jack Baker have also reached the quarters.

Farah also competed in more doubles action on Friday, teaming up with Kaes Van't Hof in consolation action after falling in yesterday's first round of the main draw. The pair followed up a first-round bye with an 8-6 win in the second round over Arkansas' Mascall/Strode. In the quarterfinals, Farah/Van't Hof outlasted Ohio State's Koniecko/Moneke 9-7. The USC duo will face Michigan's Jung/Maravic tomorrow in the consolation semifinals.

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.

SAT., OCT. 6
Quarterfinals
Farah (USC) vs. Treat Huey (UVA)

DOUBLES

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

CONSOLATION
THURS., OCT. 4
First Round
Farah/Van't Hof (USC) - bye

FRI., OCT. 5
Second Round
Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Mascall/Strode (ARK) - 8-5

Quarterfinals
Farah/Van't Hof (USC) def. Koniecko/Moneke (OhSt) - 9-7

Semifinals
Farah/Van't Hof (USC) vs. Jung/Maravic (MICH)

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