Men's Tennis
    Steve Johnson Continues To Shine In Rio; Singles and Doubles Wins Today

    Aug. 9, 2016

    USC's Steve Johnson is hitting his stride in Rio. The first-time Olympian is showing his winning savvy gleaned from four NCAA Team Championships and back-to-back NCAA Singles titles won in his time as a Trojan. With a pro career now going strong, Johnson has made himself at home at the 2016 Olympic Games. Today, Johnson pulled double duty to great success, opening his day with a straight-set win in the second round of singles before capping the day with a quarterfinal doubles victory alongside partner Jack Sock.

    After a couple days off from singles play, Johnson picked up right where he left off in drumming up a 6-3, 6-4 win over Portugal's Gastao Elias this morning. His doubles game was sharp once again, as he teamed back up with Sock for their third doubles match in three days. The Americans took control in that quarterfinal bout, topping Spain's No. 8 seeded Bautista Agut/Ferrer 6-4, 6-2. That punches a ticket to the Olympic doubles semifinals for Johnson and Sock, giving them a guaranteed chance to play for a medal in Rio. Meanwhile, Johnson's singles path now takes him into the third round, where he goes up against Russia's Evgeny Donskoy.

    WATCH STEVIE'S POSTMATCH SINGLES INTERVIEW

    NEXT IN SINGLES:
    Third Round (Aug. 10)
    [12] Steve Johnson (USA) vs. Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) - 7 a.m. PT

    PREVIOUS SINGLES RESULTS:
    First Round (Aug. 6)
    [12] Steve Johnson (USA) def. Darian King (BAR) - 6-3, 6-2
    Second Round (Aug. 9)
    [12] Steve Johnson (USA) def. Gastao Elias (BAR) - 6-3, 6-4

     

     

    NEXT IN DOUBLES:
    Semifinals (Aug. 10)
    Steve Johnson / Sock (USA) vs. [5] Mergea/Tecau (ROU) - approx. 11 a.m. PT

    PREVIOUS DOUBLES RESULTS:
    First Round (Aug. 7)
    Robert Farah / Cabal (COL) def. [1] Herbert/Mahut (FRA) - 7-6 (4), 6-3
    Steve Johnson / Sock (USA) def. Peralta/Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) - 6-2, 6-2
    Second Round (Aug. 8)
    Steve Johnson / Sock (USA) def. Robert Farah / Cabal (COL) - 6-4, 7-6 (1)
    Quarterfinals (Aug. 9)
    Steve Johnson / Sock (USA) def. [8] Bautista Agut/Ferrer (ESP) - 6-4, 6-2