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Thomas Johansson wins Binghamton Challenger

August 22, 2007 02:24 PM

Johanssen address crowd

With a win over Dusan Vemic, Thomas Johansson became the first top seed to win at Rec Park since Shuzo Matsuoka did it in 1995. Johansson raised his level every time Dusan challenged in front of the capacity crowd at Rec Park. Johansson broke early in the third game when Vemic gave him 2 break points on a double fault. Vemic continued his strategy for the week of mixing it up, bringing Johansson into net frequently and not allowing too much of a rhythm in Johansson’s backcourt game. None the less, Johansson held his serves comfortably in the first set with third games held at love. In the second set, Johansson almost had the break in the first game but Vemic utilized 2 aces to fight it off and hold. That would be the only opportunity until the tiebreak, as Vemic held at love for his next 3 games and had a total of 11 aces in the second set, including 5 in the ninth game.

In the second set tiebreak, Johansson hit a cross court passing shot at 3-5 that Vemic dove for, but couldn’t reach as he gave the mini-break back. Johansson won the next 2 points as well and the pressure was squarely on Vemic at match point, 6-5 in the tiebreak. Vemic continued to come in and reached a set point of his own on 2 big serves that set up an easy volley winner and then a Johansson return long. Johansson won it on a winner passing shot down the line. Johansson was 4-0 in tiebreaks for the week, but Vemic had gotten the most points out of all opponents against the 2002 Australian champion. Vemic did impose his different style of play on Johansson, with Johansson having to come in to finish points frequently, but it didn’t throw off the steady focus of the 1st grand slam champion to play in the 14 year history of the event.

Final Doubles Results:

Scott Oudsema(USA)/Ryan Sweeting(USA) def Richard Bloomfield(GBR)/Kyu Tae Im(KOR) 7-6(5),7-5