Steve Johnson's U.S. Open run is over after losing to 13th-seeded Richard Gasquet in three sets on Sunday. The 22-year-old Orange County native and USC alum was outclassed by the more experienced Gasquet and was eliminated 7-6 (4), 6-2, 6-3 in the third round at Flushing Meadows.
Johnson played well in the first set and fought off three break points to get to a tiebreak, but Gasquet beat him there. He ran into some trouble earlier in the set on his serve, finishing the set with just a 57 percent first serve mark, and eventually it bit him.
After the first set, it was all Gasquet. The Frenchman won 87 perccent of his first serve points in the match and allowed Johnson just three break points, none of which were converted. Meanwhile, Gasquet committed just 11 unforced errors to Johnson's 38 as he cruised to another U.S. Open fourth round.
Gasquet will meet fourth-seeded David Ferrer in his next match. This will be Gasquet's fourth trip to the U.S. Open fourth round, with the last coming in 2010, but he's never made it past that round.