In their first meeting on the professional circuit, Rhyne Williams got the best of former USC Trojan Steve Johnson in a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory to advance to the quarterfinals at the Charlottesville Men's Pro Challenger in Charlottesville, Va.
Williams and Johnson had not faced each other since the two played each other twice in national title matches during the 2010-12 college season, with Williams winning the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in three sets and Johnson pulling off the similar feat at the NCAA Singles Championships that spring.
On Wednesday, it was predictably more of the same, a heated match fully of big serves and strong play off the forehand side. Williams, who had 13 aces, took a 4-1 lead in the final set and eventually served out the victory.
In other Vol action, Adam Hubble and Andrei Daescu lost 3-6, 6-3, [10-8] in their opening doubles match to American wild cards Jarmere Jenkins and Jack Sock.
Today, John-Patrick Smith will try to join Rhyne Williams in the singles quarterfinals. He takes on sixth-seeded Bobby Reynolds, a Challenger Tour veteran currently ranked No. 152. The match is the second match on court and should start no earlier than 12:30 p.m. Live video will be available from the USTA Pro Circuit at this link