Former Vol Rhyne Williams earned an easy straight-set win Friday to advance to the semifinals at the Audi Pemproke Pines 10K Futures in Weston, Fla.
Williams defeated Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-3 in his quarterfinal match. He faces Brian Baker in Saturday's semifinals.
Baker, a Nashville native, is relaunching his career after years of serious elbow and hip injuries. He reached the finals of the Knoxville Challenger in November.
Williams is currently ranked No. 511 in the world, but he now has earned enough points this year to jump into the ATP top 500 for the first time in his career.
Next Week at Burnie's: Former Vol John-Patrick Smith will be back in action next week at the Burnie International, a $50,000 Challenger event. It will be the Vols' fourth Challenger since turning pro in July.