Trojans Johnson & Farah Score Olympic Doubles Wins for Their Countries|
Aug. 7, 2016
Teammates on USC’s 2009 and 2010 NCAA Championship teams, Robert Farah and Steve Johnson have divided and conquered in their first Olympic Games, as both rang up doubles wins for their countries in Rio today. For their efforts, the two Trojans have earned themselves an all-USC face-off in Rio tomorrow. In a curious twist of fate, Farah and Johnson will pair up with their respective countrymen to square off in the doubles second round.
Johnson — winner of his first-round singles match yesterday in Rio — teamed up with Team USA teammate Jack Sock to take on a Chilean pair in today’s doubles opener. The Americans took control in that match, pinning up a 6-2, 6-2 win over Chile’s Peralta/Podlipnik-Castillo to punch a ticket to tomorrow’s second round.
Hours later, Farah paired up with his trust countryman Juan Sebastian Cabal for clash against France’s Herbert Mahmut. After a tight first set, the 2007 NCAA Doubles Champion and his partner buckled in a pressed on to victory for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win that propels the Colombian pair to the second round.
Next, the two Trojans — with nine NCAA trophies among them — will be reunited on-court, having earned themselves a second-round matchup that will pit Trojan against Trojan tomorrow in Rio. Farah/Cabal will take on Johnson/Sock in the fourth match on court four, time TBD.
Johnson also is still alive and well in the singles draw, having won his first-round match on August 6. His second-round match is still to be scheduled.