Richard Gallien had just breezed past Andy Gordon into the finals of the USTA/Pandick Press men's championships at East Potomac Park yesterday, when Bruce Foxworth stepped on the court for the second semifinal match.
For Gallien, the sight brought back memories.
"I had Foxworth up two weeks ago (in a first-round match at New Haven), 6-0, 4-2, and lost," said 21-year-old Gallien. "He (Foxworth) just likes to stay back, move you from side to side. I had to do so much running I just got tired after a while."
Gallien, a senior at Pepperdine, will be on the run once again at 1 o'clock today as he seeks to even things up with Foxworth, who yesterday struggled to defeat Jack Kruger, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
An NCAA all-America this year, Gallien has had more success in doubles than in singles this summer. But last week he finally found his touch.
Foxworth, 25, and like Gallien a Los Angeles resident, compared his victory yesterday to the one over Gallien. The Hampton Institute graduate went from a 4-2 second set lead to a 0-3 deficit in the third set. But he did not panic.
"I knew I just had to settle down," said Foxworth, a winner of three USTA tournaments this summer. "He had been coming in more and more so I wanted to serve a little deeper and take my time on my passing shots."
His adjustment worked perfectly as he held serve, then broke Kruger's serve in a game of five deuces, and held again to pull even. Foxworth then broke again, at love this time, with three winning passing shots to go up, 4-3. Both players held for a 5-4 Foxworth lead.
A forehand winner by Foxworth, two flubbed volleys by Kruger, and a winning volley by Foxworth gave the fifth-seeded player the match.