Men's Tennis
    Trojans Tackle US Open Qualifying
    Robert Farah toppled the No. 17 seed today in US Open Qualifying.
    Robert Farah toppled the No. 17 seed today in US Open Qualifying.

    Aug. 27, 2010

    NCAA Championship teammates Robert Farah and Steve Johnson both took shots at scoring a spot at the fast-approaching 2010 US Open in competing in qualifying rounds in New York this week. Rains have interrupted things a bit out at Flushing Meadows, but 2010 USC senior Robert Farah has managed to pin up two big wins, putting the Trojan a win away from a leap into the main draw, which runs August 30-September 12.

    Steve Johnson was up against #251-ranked Noam Okun of Israel in the first step up his US Open Qualifying Tournament, which was delayed by rain for a solid stretch. Okun got the win in a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Johnson, who now returns to USC for his junior season of action with the Trojans.

    Colombian native Farah, who finished up his USC career as the 2010 ITA Player of the Year, faced former Pepperdine player Andre Begemann of Germany in his first round of qualifying. Rains also interrupted Farah's match, stopping play on Wednesday night with Farah trailing 3-6, 2-1. When play resumed, Farah was back in stride, and emerged with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Begemann to move on to today's second round. Today, Farah made short work of his second-round opponent, 17th seeded Josselin Ouanna of France, toppling him 6-4, 6-2.

    The man standing between Farah and a place in the US Open main draw will be Dusan Lojda of the Czech Republic. Farah and Lojda will square off in the qualifying third round tomorrow (Aug. 28).

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