Robert Farah Sweeps Pac-10 Singles, Doubles Crowns

April 25, 2010

OJAI, CALIF. - USC senior Robert Farah served up double trouble for his opponents on today's final day of action at the 2010 Pac-10 Men's Tennis Championships, as the Trojan senior helped himself to a sweep of the conference crowns. Farah left little doubt of his dominance on the courts today, as he delivered a straight-set win to claim the Pac-10 Singles Championship before pairing up with his powerful teammate Steve Johnson to win the Pac-10 Doubles Championship in similar fashion in Ojai, Calif. Getting in on the Trojans' winning roll to titles today was USC freshman JT Sundling, who captured the Pac-10 Invitational Singles crown.

In the Pac-10 singles title match, Robert Farah faced defending champ Bradley Klahn of Stanford for the fourth time this season. The pair had collided in three-set battles in their previous three face-offs, with Klahn winning the first clash and Farah claiming the last two in dramatic fashion. Today, Farah was able to end things before extending into yet another three-setter. Again, it was not without some stress. Farah pulled out the first set with a fairly decisive score, but Klahn forced the issue in the second as the match went into a tiebreaker. There, Farah gained control and snagged victory and the crown with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) win to grab the senior's first Pac-10 Singles Championship.

Now holding tight to the Pac-10 singles crown with a stretch of straight-set victories in Ojai, Farah is riding an 11-match singles winning streak and has his 30th victory of the year in-hand with a 30-5 overall record. Farah last reached the Pac-10 singles title match in 2008, when teammate Kaes Van't Hof got the win before teaming back up with Farah in doubles as the Trojan pair went on to win the 2008 Pac-10 Doubles Championship. Farah and Van't Hof would continue their doubles success by winning the 2008 NCAA Doubles Championship the next month.

Farah did not have much time to break stride today, as the senior rode the high of his Pac-10 Singles Championship victory over to the doubles courts to pair back up with sophomore teammate Steve Johnson. The top-seeded Trojan pair had an 11-match win streak together on the way into the title match, which put Farah/Johnson up against UCLA's fourth-seeded Inbar/Meister, whom they had faced and beaten 8-5 last week during the USC-UCLA dual match.

By the end of the day, Farah/Johnson's win streak was very much intact. The Trojan pair dispatched their Bruin opponents 6-3, 7-6 (4) to round out a victorious day for USC and ink the rights to the 2010 Pac-10 Doubles Championship for Farah and Johnson, who now hold a 25-3 overall record together in doubles action this year.

Farah/Johnson become the third USC pair to win a Pac-10 doubles title in the past eight years, as Parker Collins/Daniel Langre won in 2003 before Farah and Van't Hof won in 2008. Farah's sweep matches the efforts of his 2008 teammate Van't Hof, who swept the conference singles and doubles titles that year.

On the Invitational side of the action in Ojai, freshman JT Sundling became the second sraight Trojan freshman to win that singles title. Sundling played out yet another tight match today, following up two three-set matches and a tough quarterfinal two-setter with a close victory in today's title match. Sundling went up against UCLA's Alex Brigham and pulled out a 7-5, 7-6 win to pocket the Pac-10 Invitational Singles championship - a feat that Daniel Nguyen accomplished last season during his freshman year as a Trojan. Sundling improves his singles record on the season to 13-5 with his winning run in Ojai and now holds a six-match win streak.

Thanks to their powerful run through action across the board in Ojai, the USC men captured the prestigious Anson S. Thacher Cup, which is awarded annually to the top team performance in the Pac-10 Tennis Championships. The USC women won the cup last year in Ojai.

Full USC results 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): def. [2] Bradley Klahn (STAN) - 6-2, 7-6 (5)

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): def. Alex Brigham (UCLA) - 7-5, 7-6

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): def. [4] Inbar/Meister (UCLA) - 6-3, 7-6 (4)

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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