Dominika Cibulkova

'He's with me': Mourning dad, American wins at French Open

Steve Johnson held everything in, all of it, until he simply could not any longer.

Still mourning the recent death of his father, a tennis coach who helped Johnson learn the game back home in California, the 25th-seeded American didn't allow the jumble of feelings show outwardly. He didn't permit them to affect his ability to smack a tennis ball, either, and managed to edge Borna Coric 6-2, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 7-6 (6) and reach the French Open's third round.

For nearly 4 full hours Wednesday, Johnson stayed the course, over and over, even as the on-court particulars grew complicated. He managed to be OK even after his initial four match points slipped away. And even when he was...