Robert Farah will be hoping he can take down last year's finalist Ilija Bozoljac when they meet in the semis of the Aptos Challenger later today.
Farah moved into the last four with a 6-4, 7-5 win over American Bradley Klahn in the quarters. Although Farah is from Columbia he went to college in the States and he admitted after the match that there were few secrets between him and Klahn, having played each other more times than they could remember over the past few years.
"We knew exactly what was coming, what we had ahead of us. It was a match of few points, basically," Farah said. "He's beaten me a bunch and I've beaten him a bunch. It's always so close, every match. We have our rivalry ever since USC-Stanford, and it gives you that extra spice for the match. It makes you that much more nervous and you really want to win."
Farah and Bozoljac have very contrasting games. The 6'4 Serbian's tennis is all based around power. He has a colossal first serve and has won plenty of matches this week after coming through qualifying last weekend. He took out sixth seed Florent Serra in the second round and lucky loser Michael McClune in the quarters, both in straight sets.
Farah's tennis is all about speed and consistency and he chases a lot of balls down. He's going to have to be at his scurrying best if he's to reach the final as Bozoljac has been looking ominously good all week.