Today Steve beat longtime friend and Junior doubles partner Bradley Klahn of Stanford 6-4, 7-5, in a very tight match. In the first set they battled back in forth holding serve to 4-4, then Steve made his move holding and then breaking Bradley at 40-15. Both of these guys can play the net and backcourt, they also have very fast serves in the 130s. But I would say that Steven has a better second serve and controlled the games more than Bradley, always winning his serve easy and getting to deuce on Bradley's.
In the second set Steve held and broke right away going up 2-0, then Steve was serving at 30-30 and had a let cord serve the ball bounced short and Bradley got to it and hitting a crosscourt angle winner. After that Klahn broke back and held his own serve for 2-2. Then they went on holding serve and got to 5 all, Steve held serve and was up 6-5. Johnson won the first to points while returning going up 30 love, but Bradley pulled back to 30-30. On the next point Steve work it for a down the line backhand winner, so with his first match point he hit forcing return that Klahn couldn't keep in.
So now it is on to the finals against Kentucky's Eric Quigley the #3 seed in the draw another senior and excellent player, they play at 9:00 PST monday. Link