To win the NCAA men’s tennis singles title, Kentucky’s Eric Quigley will not only have to defeat the defending champ, but one who boasts a marathon winning streak.
Southern Cal senior Steve Johnson reached today’s finals by beating Bradley Klahn of Stanford 6-4, 7-5 in Sunday’s semifinal, marking Johnson’s 71st straight match win.
Klahn was the last player to beat Johnson, knocking off the Southern Cal stars in the NCAA semifinals on the way to the 2010 singles title. Johnson hasn’t lost since in a streak that has covered 16 months.
Johnson beat Tennessee’s Rhyne Williams 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 for the title last year, which was Johnson’s 35th straight singles victory.
Johnson, seeded No. 1, and Quigley, seeded third, have met once before. That was in the NCAA 2011 Elite Eight. Johnson prevailed 6-4, 6-2 score.