SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Wild-card entry Justin Gimelstob, a UCLA sophomore, defeated eighth-seeded Jonas Bjorkman of Sweden, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, to move into the quarterfinals of the $328,000 Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old from Morristown, N.J., ranked 436th on the ATP Tour, rallied from a 6-2, 2-0 deficit. Gimelstob will play his first career quarterfinal Friday against top-seeded South African Wayne Ferreira, who beat Brett Steven, 6-4, 6-4.
"I'm pretty fired up. I'm so excited," said Gimelstob, who plays No. 1 in the lineup for the Bruins. "I was thinking about playing one point at a time, and I wanted to hang in there and be positive."
Gimelstob, a 6-foot-5 right-hander who will turn pro in June, is appearing in his third ATP tournament. He won first-round matches in last year's U.S. Open and last month's San Jose event.