Mover this week: Steve Johnson cracks the Top 40 after Hall of Fame title


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Mover this week: Steve Johnson cracks the Top 40 after Hall of Fame title

Steve Johnson won his fourth ATP title at the Dell Technologies tournament in Newport, RI, his second title this year. With the Hall of Fame victory he has moved up 14 spots in the ATP rankings and has now cracked the Top 40 for the first time in a year at No.

34. The 28-year-old has been ranked as high as No. 21, done in 2016, and the Newport title is a major bid for the American’s comeback after a difficult and emotional few years. Steve Johnson is named after his father, Steve Sr., who had coached the U.S.

player until college. Johnson lost the man who could always be found watching him at all his tournaments. Steve, Sr. passed away due to a heart attack last year. "It's been an emotional couple of years," Johnson said in his on-court interview.

Johnson is looking to build momentum during the hard court season with a possibly goal of cracking the Top 25 or better this year. "(I've) done it before," was his answer when asked about it. The Dell Technologies champion is the most decorated college tennis player ever, having played for the USC Trojans, winning the NCAA Men’s Singles Championship 2011-2012, and four consecutive team NCAA Championships.

The American player also reached the semifinals at the Delray ATP 250 tournament earlier this year and won the Fayez Sarofim clay tourney in Houston this past April. Steve Johnson is set to play Citi Open next in Washington, D.

C., and then the Rogers Cup in Toronto in August. The world No. 34 is looking to break through in the grand slams, with the U.S. Open the last one left in the year, where he progressed to the third round in 2012.