Dominika Cibulkova

Steve Johnson, former USC star who recently lost his father, breaks down after French Open victory

Steve Johnson, former USC star who recently lost his father, breaks down after French Open victory

Steve Johnson held everything in, all of it, until he simply could not any longer.

Still mourning the recent death of his father, a tennis coach who helped Johnson learn the game back home in Orange County, the 25th-seeded American didn’t allow the jumble of feelings show outwardly. He didn’t permit them to affect his ability to smack a tennis ball, either, and managed to edge Borna Coric 6-2, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 7-6 (6) and reach the French Open’s third round.

For nearly four full hours Wednesday, Johnson stayed the course, over and over, even as the on-court particulars grew complicated. He managed to be OK even after his initial four match points slipped away.

And even...

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