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US Open Tennis 2011: Steve Johnson Falls To Alex Bogomolov Jr.

Alex Bogomolov Jr. has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence this year, moving up to 44th in the world. At 28, he's the fourth-ranked American in this tournament behind Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and John Isner. So if you're looking for an American underdog story to root for in this tournament, he's your guy.

In the first round of the US Open, he faced USC Trojan senior Steve Johnson. Johnson seemed like he'd have a good shot at pulling this one off, winning the first two sets 6-4, 6-4, and it looked like his straight power (23 aces compared to Bogomolov's 8) would be what won him this one. But Johnson imploded when he kept on making error after error after error. Johnson racked up 79 errors in all (compared to Bogomolov's 33). Bogomolov Jr won the final three sets (the third 6-3, the fifth 6-3), including a tiebreaker in the fourth set 7-6 (7-3).

Bogomolov moves on to face Rogerio Dutra Da Silva in the second round.