Johnson, Farah Make Move Into ITA Semifinals
Oct. 10, 2009
TULSA, OKLA. - This morning in Tulsa, Okla., two Trojans took another stride deep into the D'Novo/ITA All-American Championships. Senior Robert Farah and sophomore Steve Johnson both continued their winning run through their singles competition with quarterfinal victories today to move into separate semifinals for a chance to face each other in tomorrow's title match.
Johnson had a strenuous pair of matches to get that semifinal slot. In the Round of 16, Johnson was up against No. 14 seeded Bradley Klahn of Stanford. Klahn had beaten Johnson in their previous meeting during the NCAA Team Round of 16 and also in the Pac-10 Singles Championship match. But Johnson staged a successful battle in this one as he handed Klahn a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 loss to propel himself into the quarterfinals. There, Johnson met Florida's Alex Lacroix and engaged in another three-set marathon with heroics coming in a comeback effort that took Johnson past Lacroix 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 for the win and a spot in the semifinals. Johnson faces Oklahoma's Andrei Daescu in the his semifinal match.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the bracket, Farah posted three-set wins in the first two rounds of action before pushing past Oklahoma's Ionut Beleleu 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the Round of 16 and then taking down Michigan's Jason Jung 7-5, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. No. 3 seed Farah will go up against the No. 2 seed John-Patrick Smith of Tennessee in the semifinals.