2014 Winston-Salem Open
Rosol Rallies to Defeat Janowicz in Thrilling Winston-Salem Final, Saves 2 MPs
winstonsalemopen.com: August 23, 2014 by John Delong Winston-Salem, NC – The third time proved to be a charm for Lukas Rosol on Saturday at the Winston-Salem Open.
After reaching two previous finals this year, the 29-year-old from the Czech Republic got his first title of the year with a dramatic 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 victory over Jerzy Janowicz in the championship match on Center Court. Rosol fought off two championship points serving at 4-5 in the third set, then came back to break Janowicz in the next game and held serve from there for the second ATP World Tour title of his career.
He had lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the finals in Bucharest in April, then lost a tough three-setter to Roberto Bautista Agut in Stuttgart in July, and that served as his motivation on a scorching hot day with temperatures as high as 120 degrees on the court.
Rosol came into the WSO ranked a career-best No. 33, and with this win he is projected to move up to No. 27 when the new ATP World Tour rankings come out on Monday. He joins John Isner (2011 and 2012) and Jurgen Melzer (2013) as a WSO champion.
Janowicz, a 23-year-old from Poland who came to the WSO ranked No. 52 after being as high as No. 14 late last year, seemed well on his way to his first career ATP title after taking the first set. Janowicz, the 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist whose only previous final came at the Paris Masters in 2012, now sets his sights on the US Open.
Winston-Salem Men’s Singles Final Sat Aug 23
7-Lukas Rosol beat Jerzy Janowicz 3-6 7-6(3) 7-5
Janowicz Edges Querrey; Rosol Denies Lu
winstonsalemopen.com: August 22, 2014 by John Delong Winston-Salem, NC – Jerzy Janowicz prides himself in being a fighter, and that was never more evident than Friday night in the semifinals of the Winston-Salem Open.
The 23-year-old from Poland came back from down a set and a break, and eventually pulled out a dramatic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Sam Querrey. It was one of the most exciting matches in the WSO’s four-year history and it ended with Janowicz breaking Querrey twice to win the final three games of the match, after being down a break in the third. He also broke Querrey twice at the end of the second set, after Querrey was serving for the match at 5-4.
He’ll be gunning for his first career ATP World Tour title, a career that has seen him reach as high as No. 14 in the rankings last December. He’s currently ranked No. 52, largely because of the effects of a foot injury that sidelined him for several months late last year.
Lukas Rosol has flown under the radar for much of this year’s Winston-Salem Open, but no longer.
The 29-year-old from the Czech Republic punched his ticket into Saturday’s finals with an exciting 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 over Yen-Hsun Lu in the semifinals on Friday afternoon. Rosol got the break he needed in the ninth game of the third set for a 5-4 lead, then held serve to book his spot in his third ATP World Tour final of the year. He has also reached the finals at Stuttgart and Bucharest this year.
Rosol, currently ranked a career-best No. 33 and headed for the Top 30 regardless of the outcome on Saturday, is playing his first summer hard court tournament this week. He stayed in Europe to play clay court events after Wimbledon, and skipped Toronto and Cincinnati. For Lu, the ninth seed who came into the WSO ranked No. 38, it was a bitter defeat. The 31-year-old from Chinese Taipei was hoping to get the first tour-level title of his career this week.
Winston-Salem Men’s Singles Semifinal Friday Aug 22
Jerzy Janowicz beat Sam Querrey 4-6 7-5 6-4
7-Lukas Rosol beat 9-Yen-Hsun Lu 7-5 4-6 6-4
Querrey Rallies Past GGLopez; Janowicz Halts Goffin Run; Lu, Rosol Enter Semis
winstonsalemopen.com: August 21, 2014 by John Delong Winston-Salem, NC – Two-time Winston-Salem Open champion John Isner has withdrawn from the tournament ahead of his quarterfinal match against Lukas Rosol because of a left ankle injury sustained during his win over Mikhail Kukushkin last night.
“I am extremely disappointed to have to withdraw from the Winston-Salem Open, one of my favorite stops of the year,” said Isner “It is extra disappointing for me given that it is my hometown tournament. I would have loved to continue to chase my third title here in Winston-Salem in front of these great fans, my friends and family."
Rosol will now meet ninth-seed Taiwan’s Yen-Hsun Lu who continued his good form claiming a 6-4 6-4 victory over Italy’s Andreas Seppi. Lu broke Seppi’s serve once in each set while saving five breakpoints he faced in the one hour and a half match.
Some people call Jerzy Janowicz the “Pole-verizer” because of his booming serves. On Thursday afternoon, it would be appropriate to call him the streak-killer as well. The 23-year-old rising star ended qualifier David Goffin’s Cinderella run at the Winston-Salem Open and snapped Goffin’s 25-match winning streak with a convincing 6-4, 6-2 win in the quarterfinals.
Janowicz broke Goffin twice in each set, including the final games of each set, in a display of power that included serves as high as 143 miles per hour. Those are the fastest serves in the tournament so far. Goffin, who came to Winston-Salem riding a 20-match winning streak after winning three Challengers and an ATP 250 event in Kitzbuhel, Austria in the past five weeks, won two qualifying matches and then three in the Main Draw.
American Sam Querrey came back from a first set loss to claim an improtant win against fifth-seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-7(3) 6-2 6-4 in a match lasting just a minute over two hours to reach the semifinal. Querrey, who broke his Spanish opponent three times, saved all three breakpoints he faced the entire match
Winston-Salem Men’s Singles Quarterfinal Thur Aug 21
Jerzy Janowicz beat David Goffin 6-4 6-2
9-Yen-Hsun Lu beat 14-Andreas Seppi 6-4 6-4
7-Lukas Rosol beat 1-John Isner w.o. (ankle injury)
Sam Querrey beat 5-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-7(3) 6-2 6-4
Querrey Upsets Anderson; Goffin Wins 25th Straight; Garcia-Lopez Survives Young
winstonsalemopen.com: August 20, 2014 by John Delong Winston-Salem, NC - It will go down as the most bizarre match so far in this year’s Winston-Salem Open. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez endured a series of fireworks at the end and pulled out a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over Donald Young in a third-round match on Center Court on Wednesday afternoon.
Garcia-Lopez watched as Young fought off three match points and broke back trailing 5-4 in the third set. Then in the tiebreak, the 31-year-old Spaniard fought off two match points himself, winning the last three points of the match to end a 2 hour, 49-minute marathon. The win moved Garcia-Lopez into quarterfinal action on Thursday against Sam Querrey , who knocked off No. 2 seed Kevin Anderson in the match that followed on Center Court.
Querrey isn’t completely sure why he always plays so well at the Winston-Salem Open, but he’s sure happy that it continues to happen. The 2012 and 2013 semifinalist knocked off second-seeded Kevin Anderson 7-6 (4), 6-4 . It was Querrey’s first win over a Top 20 opponent all year – Anderson came into the match at No. 20 – and it was arguably his best performance of an often-inconsistent 2014. Querrey, currently ranked No. 56 after dropping to as low as No. 82 in April, was at a loss to explain why he has had so much success here.
In other afternoon matches, Jerzy Janowicz beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; qualifier David Goffin extended his winning streak to 25 straight by beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 4-6, 6-4; Yen-Hsun Lu beat Marcel Granollers 6-1, 6-2; Lukas Rosol beat Pablo Andujar 1-6, 6-2, 6-2. In day’s last match, top-seeded John Isner moved to the quarter-finals after beating No.13 seed Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 7-6(3).
Winston-Salem Men’s Singles Third Round Wed Aug 20
Sam Querrey beat 2-Kevin Anderson 7-6(4) 6-4
David Goffin beat 15- Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 4-6 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz beat 12-Edouard Roger-Vasselin 4-6 6-3 6-4
14-Andreas Seppi beat Nicolas Mahut 6-4 7-6(7)
1-John Isner beat 13-Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1 7-6(3)
5-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat 11-Donald Young 6-7(4) 6-3 7-6(6)
7-Lukas Rosol beat 10-Pablo Andujar 1-6 6-2 6-2
9-Yen-Hsun Lu beat 8-Marcel Granollers 6-1 6-2
Mahut Upsets Robredo; Goffin Keeps Run; Janowicz Stuns Sousa; Isner Advances
winstonsalemopen.com: August 19, 2014 by John Delong Winston-Salem, NC - Nicolas Mahut wouldn’t be the first Frenchman to get on a roll at the Winston-Salem Open and go all the way to the finals. Countrymen Julien Benneteau did it in the inaugural 2011 WSO, and Gael Monfils did it last year.
After dismantling third-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-1, 7-6 (0) in a second round match on Center Court Tuesday afternoon, Mahut was encouraged by the idea that he could follow in Benneteau’s and Monfils’ footsteps. He broke Robredo three times in the first set. Then after squandering a break and later two match points in the second set, he came back and completely dominated the tie-break.
Mahut came to Winston-Salem after first-round exits in Cincinnati and Toronto. His best showing lately has been a trip to the quarterfinals at Newport last month. Robredo came into the tournament ranked No. 20 after an impressive showing last week in Cincinnati. He beat World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round before exiting in the fourth round to fellow Spaniard and eventual finalist David Ferrer.
In other second-round afternoon matches, second-seeded Kevin Anderson needed to go three sets before turning back Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 2-6, 6-4; wildcard David Goffin ran his winning streak to 24 straight matches by knocking off No. 4 seed Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-1; Jerzy Janowicz pulled out a third-set tiebreak in a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) win over No. 6 seed Joao Sousa; No. 11 seed Donald Young beat Frank Dancevic 6-1, 6-3; 14th-seeded Andreas Seppi beat Federico Delbonis 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-2; and Roger-Vasselin beat Aleksandr Nedovyesov 7-6 (9), 6-7 (5), 6-4.
It was business as usual for top-seeded John Isner on Tuesday night at the Winston-Salem Open. He won a tiebreak, he got stronger as the match progressed, and – of course – he won, beating Bradley Klahn 7-6 (5), 6-2 in the second round in his 2014 WSO debut.
The Greensboro native is now a perfect 11-0 on Center Court at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex at BB&T Field, coupled with his titles here in 2011 and 2012. He missed last year’s tournament because of a hip injury. Isner chuckled about the performance, because it was a quintessential Isner victory. Booming serves that got as high as 138 on the radar gun. 13 aces. 69 percent serving and 84 percent first serves won. A tiebreak, naturally. And he faced only two break points all night, saving both.
Isner was actually down a mini-break in the tiebreak before he reeled off four straight points and eventually served out the set. Then he won the first four games of the second set, and from there it was just a matter of how quickly he could wrap it up.
Klahn, the 2010 NCAA champion from Stanford who has reached as high as No. 63 earlier this year, had beaten Wake Forest freshman Noah Rubin 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (5) in his first-round match on Sunday night. He was playing just his second match in five weeks after being sidelined with a foot injury.
Winston-Salem Men's Singles Second Round Tuesday Aug 19
1-John Isner beat Bradley Klahn 7-6(5) 6-2
2-Kevin Anderson beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3 2-6 6-4
9-Yen-Hsun Lu beat Blaz Rola 6-4 7-5
Nicolas Mahut beat 3-Tommy Robredo 6-1 7-6(0)
Sam Querrey beat 16-Steve Johnson 6-4 6-3
12-Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Oleksandr Nedovyesov 7-6(9) 6-7(5) 6-4
David Goffin beat 4-Leonardo Mayer 6-3 6-1
7-Lukas Rosol beat Ryan Harrison 3-6 2-1 ret.
Jerzy Janowicz beat 6-Joao Sousa 6-1 3-6 7-6(5)
14-Andreas Seppi beat Federico Delbonis 7-5 6-7(4) 6-2
8-Marcel Granollers beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3 6-3
10-Pablo Andujar beat Igor Sijsling 6-4 6-3
13-Mikhail Kukushkin beat Robin Haase 5-7 7-6(2) 6-4
11-Donald Young beat Frank Dancevic 6-1 6-3
Goffin Continues Win Streak, Ousts Defending Champion Melzer
winstonsalemopen.com: August 18, 2014 by John Delong Winston-Salem, NC - For David Goffin, the streak continues. For Jurgen Melzer, the reign as defending Winston-Salem Open champion has come to an end. That was story on Monday afternoon on Center Court as Goffin rolled to a 6-3, 6-4 victory in a first-round match.
Goffin extended his winning streak to 23 straight matches – counting three Challenger titles and an ATP World Tour title in Kitzbuhel, Austria in the past month – with a near-flawless display. The 25-year-old Belgian, who won two matches in qualifying to make it into the Main Draw, was in control throughout. He got early breaks in both sets and was never broken, saving six break points along the way.
Melzer, who was 3-0 against Goffin previously with a four-set win in the first round at Roland Garros in May, said that Goffin is playing with immense confidence. Melzer has now lost in the first round of five straight tournaments, as he continues to try to regain form after toe surgery earlier this summer.
Sam Querrey has always played well at the Winston-Salem Open, and he hopes that a return trip this year can help him build momentum going into the US Open. The 26-year-old Californian took a step in the right direction on Monday evening as he defeated Spain’s Pere Riba 7-6 (5), 6-4 in his opening round match on Center Court at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex at BB&T Field.
In other early matches on Monday, Jerzy Janowicz defeated Carlos Berlocq 6-1, 6-4; Federico Delbonis beat Martin Klizan 7-6 (5), 6-4; Igor Sijsling beat Andrey Golubev 7-6 (5), 6-3; Paul-Henri Mathieu beat Robby Ginepri 6-3, 7-5; Aleksandr Nedovyesov beat Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-4; and Adrian Mannarino beat Damir Dzumhur 6-2, 6-2.
Winston-Salem Men's Singles First Round Monday Aug 18
R2: 5-Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Dustin Brown 6-7(5) 6-2 6-2
R2: 15-Jarkko Nieminen beat Benjamin Becker 7-5 6-4
R1: Jerzy Janowicz beat Carlos Berlocq 6-1 6-4
R1: Oleksandr Nedovyesov beat Marcos Giron 6-4 6-4
R1: Adrian Mannarino beat Damir Dzumhur 6-2 6-2
R1: Federico Delbonis beat Martin Klizan 7-6(5) 6-4
R1: Igor Sijsling beat Andrey Golubev 7-6(5) 6-3
R1: David Goffin beat Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-4
R1: Sam Querrey beat Pere Riba 7-6(5) 6-4
R1: Frank Dancevic beat Thomaz Bellucci 7-5 3-6 6-2
R1: Blaz Rola beat Wayne Odesnik 7-6(4) 6-3
R1: Paul-Henri Mathieu beat Robby Ginepri 6-3 7-5
Klahn Denies Rubin; Mahut, Becker, Haase, Harrison Win Openers
winstonsalemopen.com: August 17, 2014 by John Delong Winston-Salem, NC - Wake Forest freshman Noah Rubin showed why he has so much promise in his ATP World Tour debut at the Winston-Salem Open on Sunday night.
But ultimately, the Wimbledon junior and USTA Boys National singles and doubles champion couldn’t reach the finish line in his first-round match against Bradley Klahn. Klahn rallied with Rubin serving for the match, forced a third-set tiebreak, then ultimately came away with a 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (5) victory before an appreciative crowd at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex at BB&T Field.
The win moved Klahn into a second-round match against two-time WSO champion John Isner, while Klahn heads to New York for the US Open with the confidence of knowing he can more than compete on a big stage. Klahn, a former NCAA singles champion from Stanford, was playing his first match in five weeks after being shelved with a foot injury. He was pleased with the way he responded after the layoff.
In other first-round matches on Sunday, Ryan Harrison beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-2; Nicolas Mahut beat Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 6-2; Benjamin Becker beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 2-6, 6-1; Dustin Brown beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-2; and Robin Haase beat Benoit Paire 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
In the final four qualifying matches, David Goffin, Marcos Giron, Damir Dzumhur and Wayne Odesnik advanced to the Main Draw. Goffin beat Jason Jung 7-5, 6-1; Giron beat Mate Pavic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Dzumhur beat Philipp Oswald 6-4, 6-4; and Odesnik beat Simone Bolelli 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Winston-Salem Men's Singles First Round Sunday Aug 17
Bradley Klahn beat Noah Rubin 6-2, 0-6, 7-6(5)
Benjamin Becker beat Pablo Carreno-Busta 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Ryan Harrison beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-2
Robin Haase beat Benoit Paire 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
Nicolas Mahut beat Blaz Kavcic 6-3 6-2
Dustin Brown beat Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3 6-2