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Tearful Johnson remembers late father

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Paris - America's Steve Johnson wept as he paid tribute to his late father, describing his French Open first-round victory as "one the hardest matches I've played".

Steve Johnson senior, a widely-respected coach of more than 30 years in California, passed away suddenly earlier in May. He was just 58.

His son admitted he had suffered a rollercoaster of emotions as he came back on Monday to defeat Japan's Yuichi Sugita in a five-set match held over from Sunday night.

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