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USC alum Steve Johnson sustains upward mobility at Indian Wells tennis

USC alum Steve Johnson sustains upward mobility at Indian Wells tennis

As a college player at USC, Steve Johnson won the NCAA singles title twice and led the way as the Trojans dominated the sport during his stay, and beyond. USC won the NCAA men's tennis title in all four of Johnson's years, from 2009 to 2012, and also in 2014, two years after Johnson graduated — all under Coach Peter Smith. For Johnson, things have been more difficult as a pro. Friday, in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, a more-seasoned Johnson continued to show the kind of progress that U.S. tennis fans have been expecting from him for several years now. Johnson, ranked No. 44 in the world — he got as high as No. 38 in November — handled Spanish...

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