Farah Streaks Into Singles Final And Doubles Title Match

April 24, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - USC senior Robert Farah welcomes another busy day in Ojai, as the Trojan is all set to go for a sweep at the Pac-10 Men's Tennis Championships tomorrow. Farah got a strong semifinal singles win today to jump into tomorrow's title match, then teamed back up with Steve Johnson in doubles. Farah/Johnson won their 11th straight match together today, setting up the duo for a shot at the doubles crown tomorrow afternoon in Ojai, Calif.

Farah snagged his 10th straight singles win with his 6-4, 6-3 victory over Stanford's Ryan Thacher in today's semifinal. Farah has pinned up straight-set wins throughout this year's Pac-10 Tournament run, and he now takes aim at claiming his first career Pac-10 Singles Championship. A three-time semifinalist now, Farah also reached the title match in 2008. That year, Farah's Trojan teammate Kaes Van't Hof won the singles crown, and then he and Farah combined forces in doubles play to win the 2008 Pac-10 doubles championship. Now a senior, top-seeded Farah is in hot pursuit of the same prize as he sets up to face defending champ Bradley Klahn of Stanford in the Pac-10 Singles final before joining forces with his sophomore teammate Steve Johnson in the afternoon's Pac-10 Doubles title match.

Farah/Johnson proved their well-deserved top seed with another solid win in today's doubles semifinals. The Trojans went up against Washington's McMorrow/Nedunchezhiyan for their shot at the title match, and the USC pair dispatched the third-seeded Huskies 8-4. That puts Farah/Johnson in a 2 p.m. championship bout against UCLA's fourth-seeded Inbar/Meister tomorrow.

Carrying a 15-match singles winning streak into today's competition, sophomore Daniel Nguyen took on the Pac-10 defending singles champ in the other semifinal match, and put up an all-out battle against Stanford's No. 2 seed Bradley Klahn. The No. 8-seeded Nguyen fought to force a third set, but Klahn got the win and a trip to the final against Farah with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win over Nguyen.

In Invitational action, USC freshman JT Sundling has earned himself a trip to tomorrow's singles title match. Sundling beat Washington's Alex Rosinski 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 today in the invitational semifinals. That puts the Trojan up against UCLA's Alex Brigham tomorrow in the final.

In invitational doubles, USC's Daniel Gliner and Matt Kecki fell 8-6 in the semifinals to Stanford's Hirshman/Kehrer.

Full USC results and remaining match schedule are listed below.

2010 Pac-10 Men's Tennis Championships - Ojai, Calif.

SINGLES - Championship Bracket
[1] Robert Farah
First Round (April 22): def. Pat Metham (ARIZ) - 6-2, 6-1
Round of 16 (April 22): def. Tobi Obenaus (WASH) - 6-3, 6-0
Quarterfinals (April 23): def. Alex Cornelissen (ORE) - 6-1, 6-2
Semifinals (April 24): def. [3] Ryan Thacher (STAN) - 6-4, 6-3
Championship (April 25): vs. [2] Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 11 a.m.

Matt Kecki
First Round (April 22): lost to Martin Kildahl (WASH) - 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

[8] Daniel Nguyen
First Round (April 22): def. Bozhidar Katsarov (CAL) - 6-3, 6-3
Round of 16 (April 22): def. Kyle McMorrow (WASH) - 6-2, 7-5
Quarterfinals (April 23): def. Matt Brooklyn (UCLA) - 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0
Semifinals (April 24): lost to [2] Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 6-3, 5-7, 6-3

Peter Lucassen
First Round (April 22): def. Bijan Hejazi (CAL) - 6-0, 6-1
Round of 16 (April 22): def. [6] Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (WASH) - 6-1, 6-1
Quarterfinals (April 23): lost to [2] Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 6-3, 6-2

SINGLES - Invitational Bracket
JT Sundling
First Round (April 22): BYE
Round of 16 (April 22): def. Jeff Gast (UCLA) - 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
Quarterfinals (April 23): def. Walker Kehrer (STAN) - 7-6 (6), 7-5
Semifinals (April 24): def. Alex Rosinski (WASH) - 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
Championship (April 25): vs. Alex Brigham (UCLA) - 9:30 a.m.

Joel Giger
First Round (April 22): BYE
Round of 16 (April 22): lost to Aaron Clissold (ORE) - 7-6, 6-4

Daniel Gliner
First Round (April 22): BYE
Round of 16 (April 22): def. Matt Stith (WASH) - 6-4, 6-3
Quarterfinals (April 23): lost to Alex Brigham (UCLA) - 6-3, 2-6, 7-5

Ben Lankenau
First Round (April 22): lost to Sho Higuchi (ORE) - 6-7 (2), 6-2, 6-4

DOUBLES - Championship Bracket
[1] Robert Farah / Steve Johnson
First Round (April 23): def. Kandath/Lin (STAN) - 8-2
Quarterfinals (April 23): def. Embry/Metham (ARIZ) - 8-4
Semifinals (April 24): def. [3] McMorrow/Nedunchezhiyan (WASH) - 8-4
Championship (April 25): vs. [4] Inbar/Meister (UCLA) - 2 p.m.

Daniel Nguyen / JT Sundling
First Round (April 23): def. Hazi/Malo (ARIZ) - 8-0
Quarterfinals (April 23): lost to [4] Inbar/Meister (UCLA) - 8-6

Peter Lucassen / Jaak Poldma
First Round (April 23): lost to [2] Klahn/Thacher (STAN) - 8-3

DOUBLES - Invitational Bracket
Joel Giger / Ben Lankenau
First Round: BYE
Quarterfinals (April 23): lost to Obenaus/Rosinski (WASH) - 8-4

Daniel Gliner / Matt Kecki
First Round: BYE
Quarterfinals (April 23): def. Clissold/Mayeda (ORE) - 8-5
Semifinals (April 24): lost to Hirshman/Kehrer (STAN) - 8-6

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