Winston-Salem Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule
Many of the top tennis players in the world have come to the Winston-Salem Open in an effort to get one last chance to prepare for the upcoming U.S. Open.
Two-time champion John Isner enters the week as the top seed as the Greensboro, North Carolina, native remains a local favorite among the fans. The American spoke about this having an impact on his play at this tournament, via the Winston-Salem Journal:
It’s very exciting. For me, coming home, I’ve always played well here. I’ve played it twice and I haven’t lost, so there’s something about being at home. It helps me so much. Having the crowd on my side really cheering me on, it’s a home court advantage for sure.
That’s one of the reasons I’ve done so well in this tournament, and I’m looking forward it. I can’t wait to get back.
The American is going for a career-high three individual titles this season with the other two wins also coming on hard courts. With his serving ability, he certainly has a chance to win a championship and gain some serious momentum heading into the fourth Grand Slam of the year.
Of course, a run to the finals will not be easy. Top competitors like Kevin Anderson, Tommy Robredo, Leonardo Mayer and others have the ability to come through with strong performances to bring home their own championship.
Robredo is coming off a strong showing in Cincinnati where he defeated Novak Djokovic en route to a spot in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Mayer is coming off a title win in Hamburg where he defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber and David Ferrer.
While these players all have a chance to win, do not count out some of the underdogs from making a deep run. Follow along for the latest daily updates throughout the tournament.
Here's a look at the top-16 seedings for the players in action in Winston-Salem:
Day 6 Recap
Day 6 Results
No. 7 Lukas Rosol def. Jerzy Janowicz; 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5
Day 6 Recap
What a ride for No. 7 Lukas Rosol.
After a serious struggle with unseeded Ryan Harrison in the second round, Rosol was hit with a break—No. 1 John Isner retired after tweaking his ankle, which paved the way for the world No. 33 to win his second career title.
As he had done for most of the tournament, Rosol was sluggish at best right out of the gate and dropped the first set after allowing his serve to be broken twice in a four-game stretch. He soon found his footing, though, and saved three break points in the next set and two match points in the deciding set to secure the win.
With the victory, Rosol is assured a career-high rank beginning next week at the age of 29, while Janowicz will remain on the hunt for his first singles win.
Day 5 Recap
Day 5 Results
No. 7 Lukas Rosol def. Yen-Hsun Lu; 7-5 4-6 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz def. Sam Querrey; 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
Day 5 Recap
There was no upset to be had in the day's first semi-final, as No. 7 Lukas Rosol defeated No. 9 Yen-Hsun Lu in three sets to earn a trip to the Winston Salem Open finals, where he will await the winner of the Jerzy Janowicz-Sam Querrey contest.
Rosol won the first set despite a somewhat shaky serve, notching four double faults to go along with his four aces. The second set saw Lu play calm and comfortable tennis for the most, part, winning 12 of 14 first-serve points and saving three of four break points.
Rosol was finally able to buckle down and get the stops he needed in the third set, despite not recording a single ace in the set. He managed to save all three of his break points and finally dispatch Lu, who put in a hard-fought and worthy performance that came up just short.
Statistics courtesy of WinstonSalemOpen.com.
Day 4 Recap
Day 4 Results
No. 9 Yen-Hsun Lu def. No. 14 Andreas Seppi; 6-4, 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz def. David Goffin; 6-4, 6-2
No. 7 Lukas Rosol def. No. 1 John Isner; RETIRED
Sam Querrey def. No. 5 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-7, 6-2, 6-4
Day 4 Recap
One day after overcoming No. 8 Marcel Granollers, No. 9 Yen-Hsun Lu kept his streak of impressive form alive by taking down yet another seeded adversary.
This time it was No. 14 Andreas Seppi, although it was a rather lopsided affair that took all of 83 minutes as Lu has yet to be broken this tournament. The triumph means he is one victory removed from his second ATP final of the season.
His opponent in the semifinals will be No. 7 Lukas Rosol, who scored a walkover victory against the tournament's top seed, John Isner. The highest-ranked American at the upcoming U.S. Open wants to preserve his health for that very event after tweaking his ankle in a win over No. 13 Mikhail Kukushkin.
"I can't risk further injury with the U.S. Open right around the corner," Isner said during a news conference at the Wake Forest Tennis Center, per The Associated Press, via ESPN. "It was pretty uncomfortable doing even minimal stretching on it. I didn't see the benefit of taking the court."
Unseeded Jerzy Janowicz is through to the other semifinal match. He ended a 25-match win streak held by David Goffin, in dominant fashion. With wins over No. 6 Joao Sousa and No. 12 Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Janowicz has a semblance of momentum that might carry him to the final if he can retain the form for one more match.
On the same day that the No. 1 seed retired, the No. 5 seed was sent home. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez appeared well on his way to victory after outlasting Sam Querrey in a back-and-forth first set, but Querrey controlled the final two sets.
Next up for Querrey, who is the lone American remaining in the draw, will be a difficult matchup with Janowicz for the right to play in the championship match.
Day 3 Recap
Day 3 Results
Jerzy Janowicz def. No. 12 Edouard Roger-Vasselin; 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
David Goffin def. No. 15 Jarkko Nieminen; 6-4, 4-6. 6-4
No. 5 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. No. 11 Donald Young; 6-7, 6-3, 7-6
No. 14 Andreas Seppi def. Nicolas Mahut; 6-5, 7-6
No. 9 Yen-Hsun Lu def. No. 8 Marcel Granollers; 6-1, 6-2
Sam Querrey def. No. 2 Kevin Anderson; 7-6, 6-4
No. 7 Lukas Rosol def. No. 10 Pablo Andujar; 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
No. 1 John Isner def. No. 13 Mikhail Kukushkin; 6-1, 7-6
Day 3 Recap
A barrage of upsets marred Wednesday's action at the Winston-Salem Open.
The tumultuous period of play for No. 2 Kevin Anderson did nothing but continue in a humbling loss to unseeded Sam Querrey. To the victor's credit, though, he has made the quarterfinals for the third straight year now, although dispatching the world No. 20 has to give him a great semblance of momentum.
No. 12 Edouard Roger-Vasselin could not avoid the upset bug, either. After winning the first set, his form took a nosedive and Poland's Jerzy Janowicz was able to take advantage.
David Goffin notched hist 25th win in a row, this one over No. 15 Jarkko Nieminen. For Goffin, the streak has been incredible—the day prior he took down No. 4 Leonardo Mayer and might just be in good enough form to win the whole tournament outright.
No. 5 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, two days removed from struggling with Dustin Brown, slipped past No. 11 Donald Young in what proved to be the day's most entertaining affair. He needed a comeback in the third tiebreaker to overcome a 6-4 disadvantage.
"The last month in Europe on the clay courts, I was losing a lot of tiebreakers," said Garcia-Lopez, per Bill Kiser of The Associated Press, via ABC News. "But at the end today, I got lucky. Sometimes the tiebreaker is a lottery, and I got the number. That's why I won."
Garcia-Lopez is fortunate to have slipped past an upset twice now. Given how this tournament has gone with the U.S. Open on the horizon, ranked players better keep their head on a swivel the rest of the way.
Day 2 Recap
Day 2 Results
Sam Querrey def. No. 16 Steve Johnson; 6-4, 6-3
No. 1 John Isner def. Bradley Klahn; 7-6(5), 6-2
Nicolas Mahut def. No. 3 Tommy Robredo; 6-1, 7-6(0)
No. 2 Kevin Anderson def. Adrian Mannarino; 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
No. 11 Donald Young def. Frank Dancevic; 6-1, 6-3
Jerzy Janowicz def. No. 6 Joao Sousa; 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5)
No. 13 Mikhail Kukushkin def. Robin Haase; 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-4
No. 7 Lukas Rosol def. Ryan Harrison; 3-6, 2-1
David Goffin def. No. 4 Leonardo Mayer; 6-3, 6-1
No. 12 Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. Aleksandr Nedovyesov; 7-6(9), 6-7(5), 6-4
No. 8 Marcel Granollers def. Paul-Henri Mathieu; 6-3, 6-3
No. 10 Pablo Andujar def. Igor Sijsling; 6-4, 6-3
No. 14 Andreas Seppi def. Federico Delbonis; 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-2
No. 9 Yen-Hsun Lu def. Blaz Rola; 6-4, 7-5
Day 2 Recap
After a great showing at the Western and Southern Open, Tommy Robredo was the first high seed to fall on Day 2 in Winston-Salem.
The No. 3 seed coming in, Robredo upset world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Cincinnati before falling short in the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, he couldn't continue that momentum on Tuesday, falling to Nicolas Mahut.
Following the match, Mahut spoke about knocking off Robredo, per the Associated Press (via Fox Sports):
"I knew he was in for a tough week after Cincinnati," Mahut said. "I knew if I had a good start, it would be difficult for him. The second set was tougher, but it was still a good finish. I had to play more aggressive in the tiebreak, but it was still good."
Following Robredo's loss, No. 4 Leonardo Mayer was dismissed in straight sets by David Goffin. No. 6 Joao Sousa also fell in three sets to Jerzy Janowicz despite coming back from a 6-1 loss in the first set.
John Isner and Kevin Anderson, the respective No. 1 and 2 seeds, were both tested on Tuesday. Despite close sets for each top player, they advanced to the next round in Winston-Salem.
With the top players preparing for the U.S. Open starting on Aug. 25, making a deep run in the Winston-Salem Open can create confidence. As Isner and others continue to roll, the rest of the week promises to bring a lot of intrigue on the court.
Day 1 Recap
Paul-Henri Mathieu def. Robby Ginepri; 6-3, 7-5
David Goffin def. Jurgen Melzer; 6-3, 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz def. Carlos Berlocq; 6-1, 6-4
Federico Delbonis def. Martin Klizan; 7-6(5), 6-4
Igor Sijsling def. Andrey Golubev; 7-6(5), 6-3
Adrian Mannarino def. Damir Dzumhur; 6-2, 6-2
Aleksandr Nedovyesov def. Marcos Giron; 6-4, 6-4
Sam Querrey def. Pere Riba; 7-6(5), 6-4
Frank Dancevic def. Thomaz Bellucci; 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
Blaz Rola def. Wayne Odesnik; 7-6(4), 6-3
No. 5 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Dustin Brown; 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-2
No. 15 Jarkko Nieminen def. Benjamin Becker; 7-5, 6-4
The tournament got started with some impressive performances from a number of unseeded players.
Jerzy Janowicz had a dominant showing to defeat Carlos Berlocq in straight sets. The Polish star won an impressive 27 of 31 first-set points and saved all five of his break points to secure the easy win.
Federico Delbonis had a bit more trouble in his first match. Martin Klizan took the 23-year-old player to a tiebreak in the first set, but Delbonis was able to survive and win a close second set to advance to the next round. Of course, nine double faults by Klizan certainly contributed to the loss.
Another player to watch out for is Adrian Mannarino, who lost only four games in his easy win over Damir Dzumhur. He came through when needed and won all six of his break opportunities, making sure Dzumhur could not come back.
He will now face No. 2 seed Kevin Anderson in a match that could end up being one of the early upsets of this tournament.
David Goffin and Paul-Henri Mathieu also used good serving performances to advance, combining for 17 aces in their matches.
American Sam Querrey got his tournament off to a good start with 16 aces compared to just one double fault. He also won 78 percent of his total service points to defeat Pere Riba in straight sets.
No. 5 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez will be the only seeded player competing on Monday, but this is just the start of what should be an exciting week of play in North Carolina.