Winston-Salem Open 2015: Kevin Anderson vs Pierre-Hugues Herbert Score, Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2015

Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, returns a shot to Malek Jaziri, of Tunisia, during a semifinal at the Winston-Salem Open tennis tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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A week of tennis in North Carolina culminated in the final of the Winston-Salem Open on Saturday afternoon as second-seeded Kevin Anderson faced qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert. 

Anderson was playing in his third final of the season, though he has not won an ATP event in three years since the 2012 Delray Beach Open.

He took on Herbert, who has only seen success on the ATP Tour in the doubles, earning titles at London's Queen's Club in 2015 and Tokyo in 2014. The Winston-Salem Open was the first singles title appearance of his career. 

Here are the results from Saturday's final.

2015 Winston-Salem Open Final
Player12
Kevin Anderson67
Pierre-Hugues Herbert45
WinstonSalemOpen.com

Anderson has won the third ATP title of his career with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Herbert on Saturday, and he took to Twitter to express his excitement:

Though it was a straight-sets victory, it did not come easily for Anderson as Herbert pushed him to play some fine tennis throughout the afternoon. Things could have played out very differently if Anderson was unable to recover in the fifth game of the first set, as Herbert saved a triple-break point to bring things back to deuce with things tied at 2-2. But Anderson knuckled down, took the game and later claimed the set. 

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It was just a part of the brilliant tennis that was on display, including this point captured by tennis writer Ricky Dimon:

The winner had to do his best comeback impression, overturning a 5-4 deficit in the second set and winning the last three games to take the title. 

Anderson's serve was proving to be too much for Herbert to handle, as the champion recorded 16 aces on the day. That being said, Anderson had plenty of trouble returning his opponent's serve—Herbert had 13 aces as well. 

For the ATP's Rob Koenig, the timing of this win could not be better for Anderson:

In the loss, Herbert will most likely see a nice boost in his rankings as he attempts to break into the top-100 for the first time in his career.

There isn't much time for the two to rest as the U.S. Open starts up on Monday, August 31—the last grand slam event of the season.  

Stats courtesy of ATPWorldTour.com