Steve Johnson Debuts In Pac-10 Singles Final

April 25, 2009

OJAI, CALIF. - USC freshman Steve Johnson is making the most of his first Pac-10 Championships, as he has now tacked up a string of wins - including today's semifinal upset of the nation's #20 player - to carry him into tomorrow's championship match. Johnson will go up against another Stanford foe in #48 Bradley Klahn, who topped USC junior Robert Farah in the other semifinal match today in Ojai, Calif.

Ranked #67 in the latest national singles rankings, Johnson plowed through Stanford's #20 Alex Clayton 6-4, 6-3 in today's semifinal for a glowing upset that secures a shot at the title for Johnson. USC just missed out on a chance for a repeat all-Trojan championship when last year's singles runner-up Robert Farah fell to #48 Bradley Klahn of Stanford today in the semis. #7 Farah was left with a 6-2, 7-5 loss to Klahn, setting up Johnson for a 9:30 a.m. bout tomorrow (April 26) against Klahn in the 2009 Pac-10 Singles Championship match.

In Pac-10 doubles play, USC's Abdullah Magdas / Daniel Nguyen missed out on a trip to the championship when the Trojan pair fell 8-3 to UCLA's Look/Brazdil in today's semifinal match.

Still going in the Pac-10 Invitational side of the competition in Ojai are a set of Trojan freshmen set for title matches. USC was guaranteed a representative in the Invitational singles championship, with freshmen Andrew Kells and Daniel Nguyen facing off today in one semifinal. Nguyen pulled out the victory in a three-setter, beating teammate Kells 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to go into tomorrow's final. Nguyen will face UCLA's Eugen Brazdil at 9:30 a.m. for the Invitational singles crown.

Meanwhile, in Invitational doubles, USC's freshman pairing of Kells and Matt Kecki will go to tomorrow's championship against Hirshman/Zeller of Stanford. The Cardinal pair topped USC's Daniel Gliner / Jason McNaughton in their semifinal, winning 8-1. Kecki/Kells posted an 8-5 win in their semifinal match over Oregon's Izquierdo/Mortera to power on into tomorrow's final. Kecki/Kells go up against Hirshman/Zeller at 12:30 p.m.

2009 Pac-10 Men's Tennis Championships - Ojai, Calif.

SINGLES - Championship Bracket

#7 Robert Farah
First Round (April 23): def. Tobi Obenaus (WASH) - 7-5, 6-0
Round of 16 (April 23): def. Pat Matham (ARIZ) - 6-2, 6-3
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. Michael Look (UCLA) - 6-4, 6-4
Semifinals (April 25): lost to #48 Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 6-2, 7-5

#67 Steve Johnson
First Round (April 23): def. Ryo Sekiguchi (WASH) - 6-2, 6-4
Round of 16 (April 23): def. Ismail Ahmed (UCLA) - 6-1, 6-4
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. #63 Pedro Zerbini - 7-6, 3-6, 6-3
Semifinals (April 25): def. #20 Alex Clayton (STAN) - 6-4, 6-3
Championship (April 26): vs. #48 Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 9:30 a.m.

Matt Kecki
First Round (April 23): def. Derek Drabble (WASH) - 7-6, 4-6, 6-1
Round of 16 (April 23): lost to #20 Alex Clayton (STAN) - 7-5, 7-5

#99 Abdullah Magdas
First Round (April 23): def. Ayrton Wibowo (ORE) - 6-1, 7-6
Round of 16 (April 23): lost to #48 Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 6-4, 6-3

Jason McNaughton
First Round (April 23): lost to #63 Pedro Zerbini (CAL) - 6-3, 6-2

SINGLES - Invitational Bracket

Daniel Gliner
First Round (April 23): bye
Round of 16 (April 23): def. Sky Lovill (CAL) - 7-5, 6-4
Quarterfinals (April 24): lost to Eugen Brazdil (UCLA) - 6-7, 6-1, 6-0

Andrew Kells
First Round (April 23): bye
Round of 16 (April 23): def. Sho Higuchi (ORE) - 6-1, 6-4
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. Evan Rose (CAL) - 6-4, 7-6 (3)
Semifinals (April 25): lost to Daniel Nguyen (USC) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Daniel Nguyen
First Round (April 23): bye
Round of 16 (April 23): Mikael Myrhed (ORE) - 6-0, 6-2
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. Jeffrey Zeller (STAN) - 6-1, 6-4
Semifinals (April 25): def. Andrew Kells (USC) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Championship (April 26): vs. Eugen Brazdil (UCLA) - 9:30 a.m.

DOUBLES - Championship Bracket

#2 Farah/Johnson
First Round (April 24): def. MacDonald-Korth/Wibowo (ORE) - 8-3
Quarterfinals (April 24): lost to #45 Klahn/Thacher (STAN) - 8-6

Magdas/Nguyen
First Round (April 24): lost to Andrews/Katsarov (CAL) - 8-3
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. #35 Muller/Wire (STAN) - 9-8 (4)
Semifinals (April 25): lost to Look/Brazdil (UCLA) - 8-3

DOUBLES - Invitational Bracket

Kecki/Kells
First Round (April 24): bye
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. Higuchi/Myrhed (ORE) - 8-4
Semifiinals (April 25): def. Izquierdo/Mortera (ORE) - 8-5
Championship (April 26): vs. Hirshman/Zeller (STAN) - 12:30 p.m.

Gliner/McNaughton
First Round (April 24): bye
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. Bator/Stith (WASH) - 8-2
Semifinals (April 25): lost to Hirshman/Zeller (STAN) - 8-1

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