July 9, 2010
Rising sophomore Rhyne Williams defeated his second seeded opponent in as many days Friday to reach the semifinals of the Men's Futures of Pittsburgh.
Williams collected a 6-4, 6-1 quarterfinal victory over seventh-seeded Jack Sock on the clay courts of the Mt. Lebanon Tennis Center to continue his quest for a second career title in Pittsburgh.
Tennessee's All-America from Knoxville won the Pittsburgh Futures in 2007 and was a quarterfinalist in 2009. He upset top-seeded Vasek Pospisil in the round of 16 on Thursday.
In Saturday's semifinals, Williams faces defending champion and fourth-seeded Dennis Zivkovic of the United States. Zivkovic, currently No. 569 in the world rankings, had not advanced beyond the quarterfinals of an ITF Futures event since winning the Pittsburgh tournament last year.
Williams and UT teammate Tennys Sandgren are scheduled to resume their semifinal doubles match Saturday. They won the first set 6-4 and trailed 0-1 in the second against Andrea Collarini and Evan King when play was suspended Friday because of inclement weather.