Winston-Salem Open 2016: Monday Tennis Scores, Results and Updated Draw Schedule

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2016

WINSTON SALEM, NC - AUGUST 22:  Donald Young of the United States returns a shot to Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France during the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on August 22, 2016 in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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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
1stAljaz Bedene def. James McGee3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2
1stKyle Edmund def. Rajeev Ram7-5, 7-6 (5)
1stTaylor Fritz def. Frances Tiafoe6-1, 6-4
1stMalek Jaziri def. Radu Albot6-2, 6-4
1stLukas Rosol def. Victor Estrella Burgos6-4, 1-6, 6-1
1stDiego Schwartzman def. Mikhail Kukushkin6-0, 6-2
1stJiri Vesely def. Tim van Rijthoven3-6, 6-3, 6-3
1stDonald Young def. Pierre-Hugues Herbert6-4, 6-1
1stMikhail Youzhny def. James Duckworth7-6 (8), 1-6, 6-3
1stGuillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Damir Dzumhur7-6 (0), 6-1
1stJohn Millman def. Yoshihito Nishioka4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2ndRichard Gasquet [1] def. Daniel Evans6-4, 4-6, 6-3
2ndStephane Robert def. Federico Delbonis [13]6-4, 5-7, 6-4
Source: ATPWorldTour.com


Monday Recap

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:

David Law @DavidLawTennis

Having faced 649 break points in the first set, Evans finally lost his serve to Gasquet. Lost set 4-6. Immediately broke for 2-0 in 2nd.

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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.


Tuesday Schedule

Winston-Salem Open Center Court Schedule: Aug. 23
Time NoteMatchup
3 p.m. ETAljaz Bedene vs. Roberto Bautista Agut [2]
Not Before 5 p.m. ETSam Querrey [6] vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
Not Before 7 p.m. ETJiri Vesely vs. Kevin Anderson [5]
-----Lukas Rosol vs. Steve Johnson [4]
Source: ATPWorldTour.com
Winston-Salem Open Court 2 Schedule: Aug. 23
Time NoteMatchup
3 p.m. ETGilles Simon [7] vs. Diego Schwartzman
-----Marcos Baghdatis [14] vs. Donald Young
-----Kyle Edmund vs. Viktor Troicki [9]
-----Fernando Verdasco [15] vs. Taylor Fritz
Source: ATPWorldTour.com

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.


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