Former USC Trojan Steve Johnson defeated fellow American Rajeev Ram on Wednesday, moving past the first round of the 2012 U.S. Open.
The 22-year-old, who won a doubles match Tuesday with partner Jack Sock, beat the 28-year-old Ram in sets of 6-3, 7-6 (7) and 6-3. It took Johnson two hours to complete a fairly clean victory. The players combined for only four unforced errors.
Johnson got the better of Ram on break points, where he won 3-of-6 to Ram's 1-of-12.
The former Trojan was the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Champion in the singles events. New to the ATP circuit, Johnson is now 1-7 in his pro career and is currently holds a world ranking of No. 245 among singles players.
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