Mike Clark of Baltimore defeated Tim Johnson, 6-2, 6-2, yesterday to advance to the finals of the Maryland State Hardcourt Championships at St. Paul's School.
Clark, the top seed, will play No. 2 seed Mike Castrilli today for the championship.
Leading 3-1 in the first set, Clark rallied from a 0-40 deficit to break Johnson's serve and extend his lead to 4-1.
After losing his serve the next game, Clark played more aggressively and, with the help of forehand winners, broke Johnson's serve, then held serve to clinched the first set, 6-2.