Robert Farah's Winning Effort Ends In Title Match
Oct. 7, 2007
TULSA, OKLA. -- USC sophomore Robert Farah's winning run at the Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American may have come to a halt, but the Trojan earned himself a place in the history books with his outstanding performance and appearance in the singles final today in Tulsa, Okla. Farah had reached the main draw as a qualifier, winning eight matches in six days on his way to the championship match against Georgia's Travis Helgeson. Farah gave the tournament's No. 4 seed a true battle, going three sets before Helgeson claimed the title with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 comeback win.
Farah became the first Trojan to reach the All-American singles final since 1987, when Scott Melville won the title. Farah is also the first qualifier to reach the final since 2001.
Farah and Helgeson's match was twice interrupted by rain delays in the first set. Farah held strong to win that set 7-5, but Helgeson took an edge in the next set. Nine matches in seven days -- with five of Farah's last six main draw matches going to third sets -- had stolen some of Farah's energy, but the Trojan fought on to stand out as one of the top singles players in the nation. He has now earned a place at the elite National Indoors, to be held in February.