With the 2016 U.S. Open a week away, some players on the ATP World Tour are getting a little extra work in at the Winston-Salem Open.
Almost all of the game's top stars have chosen to focus on the U.S. Open rather than making the trip to North Carolina, leaving the Winston-Salem Open largely devoid of marquee names. Top-seeded Richard Gasquet took the court Monday, along with Federico Delbonis, Donald Young and Mikhail Youzhny.
Below is a brief overview for some of Monday's biggest matches and a look ahead to Tuesday:
|Winston-Salem Open Results: Aug. 22|
|1st||Aljaz Bedene def. James McGee||3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2|
|1st||Kyle Edmund def. Rajeev Ram||7-5, 7-6 (5)|
|1st||Taylor Fritz def. Frances Tiafoe||6-1, 6-4|
|1st||Malek Jaziri def. Radu Albot||6-2, 6-4|
|1st||Lukas Rosol def. Victor Estrella Burgos||6-4, 1-6, 6-1|
|1st||Diego Schwartzman def. Mikhail Kukushkin||6-0, 6-2|
|1st||Jiri Vesely def. Tim van Rijthoven||3-6, 6-3, 6-3|
|1st||Donald Young def. Pierre-Hugues Herbert||6-4, 6-1|
|1st||Mikhail Youzhny def. James Duckworth||7-6 (8), 1-6, 6-3|
|1st||Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Damir Dzumhur||7-6 (0), 6-1|
|1st||John Millman def. Yoshihito Nishioka||4-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|2nd||Richard Gasquet  def. Daniel Evans||6-4, 4-6, 6-3|
|2nd||Stephane Robert def. Federico Delbonis ||6-4, 5-7, 6-4|
Delbonis was the lone seeded player to go down Monday, falling to Stephane Robert in three sets. Robert committed 12 double-faults and won 39 percent of his second-service points, but he continued to cause problems for Delbonis when the No. 13 seed was on serve. Delbonis surrendered 14 break-point opportunities.
Gasquet had some trouble against Daniel Evans but eventually put the 26-year-old away in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Neither player performed particularly well in a match that saw 22 combined break-point opportunities.
Tennis commentator David Law thought the trend was unsustainable for Evans:
Gasquet will be happy to have advanced in Winston-Salem. He has played just twice on the ATP World Tour since losing in the fourth round at Wimbledon. Heading into his match against Evans, the Frenchman noted he's looking to get back into match shape ahead of the U.S. Open.
"That's why it's important for me to be here," he said, per the ATP World Tour's official website. "I didn't play so much—just two matches in Cincinnati, so I need to play. It's always difficult to stop for such a long time [and] come back."
Monday was a mixed bag for Youzhny. He began his day by beating James Duckworth in three sets to advance to the second round, but he then withdrew from the tournament ahead of his match with fellow Russian Andrey Kuznetsov. It's the fifth time in six events that Youzhny has failed to move beyond the second round.
Young had little difficulty getting past Pierre-Hugues Herbert, knocking the Frenchman out in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1. The 27-year-old American won 32 of his 40 service points, including an impressive 79 percent clip on his second serve.
The ship may have sailed on Young ever becoming one of the best players in the world—or even one of the best American men's singles stars. But his two trips to the fourth round of the U.S. Open in 2011 and 2015 are the deepest he's ever gone in a Grand Slam. A strong showing in Winston-Salem could help him go a step further and get to a Grand Slam quarterfinal.
|Winston-Salem Open Center Court Schedule: Aug. 23|
|3 p.m. ET||Aljaz Bedene vs. Roberto Bautista Agut |
|Not Before 5 p.m. ET||Sam Querrey  vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez|
|Not Before 7 p.m. ET||Jiri Vesely vs. Kevin Anderson |
|-----||Lukas Rosol vs. Steve Johnson |
|Winston-Salem Open Court 2 Schedule: Aug. 23|
|3 p.m. ET||Gilles Simon  vs. Diego Schwartzman|
|-----||Marcos Baghdatis  vs. Donald Young|
|-----||Kyle Edmund vs. Viktor Troicki |
|-----||Fernando Verdasco  vs. Taylor Fritz|
Advancing to the third round won't be easy for Young, who will face off with Marcos Baghdatis on Tuesday. The two have played each other just twice, with the last meeting coming at Wimbledon in 2015. Baghdatis won in four sets.
Getting off to a hot start will be key for Young. Only two of Baghdatis' 18 wins this year have come after he dropped the first set.
Kevin Anderson is set to open his tournament Tuesday against Jiri Vesely. This has been a year to forget for the 30-year-old South African. He is 10-14 and lost in the first round of the first three Grand Slams.
Anderson made the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup and upset Gasquet at the Western & Southern Open. The Winston-Salem Open is a nice opportunity for him to collect at least a couple of victories before making the trip to Flushing Meadows, New York.