Isner Saves Three Match Points to win Winston-Salem Open

John Isner saved 3 match point to defend his Winston-Salem Open title, defeating Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(9).

“It’s a great feeling, ” said Isner. “Both my titles this year are the exact same titles I won last year. Defending a title is not easy. There’s pressure on you coming into the tournament so I think for me to do that, at both Newport and here in Winston-Salem, it should help me a lot going forward in the coming years. I’m absolutely thrilled.”

“It was a very good match, an incredible atmosphere. It was a lot of fun to play out there. There were certainly some tense times all throughout the match. At times probably wasn’t the prettiest of tennis, but I was able to gut it out and am very, very proud of that.”

“Last year it served me very well. I won here and made the [US Open] quarter-finals, lost to Andy Murray in a very tough match. I’m heading to New York filled with confidence. I’ve played very well since my first round loss at Wimbledon. I’ve only lost three matches, so I’m heading into New York feeling good about myself.”

Berdych was gracious in defeat. “I hope it’s going to be enough time to put this match from my mind and keep all those matches before – and those before were pretty good,” noted Berdych. “Even this one was not bad until the end. It just happens. I won a couple of matches, which was the goal and the [reason] why I wanted to come here. I made it pretty successful, but still one I was missing, so it will take some time. Next week, already Monday or Tuesday, I’m starting in New York so it’s not much time to think on the past but to be ready for what’s happening there.”


Winston-Salem Open – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule


Singles – Semi-finals
[3] J Isner (USA) d [1] J Tsonga (FRA) 64 36 76(3)
[2] [WC] T Berdych (CZE) d [7] S Querrey (USA) 64 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
P Andujar (ESP) / L Mayer (ARG) d [WC] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) 62 61
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d D Marrero (ESP) / A Sa (BRA) 64 61


CENTER COURT start 12:30 pm
[3] J Isner (USA) vs [2] [WC] T Berdych (CZE)
P Andujar (ESP) / L Mayer (ARG) vs S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)


Roddick, Lopez Ousted at Winston-Salem Open


Singles – Third Round
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d [Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) 76(1) 64
[2] [WC] T Berdych (CZE) d [16] J Nieminen (FIN) 63 62
[3] J Isner (USA) d [13] J Melzer (AUT) 64 63
[4] A Dolgopolov (UKR) d [14] [WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) 63 64
S Darcis (BEL) d [5] A Roddick (USA) 76(6) 76(3)
[6] M Granollers (ESP) d [Q] E Gulbis (LAT) 46 63 62
[7] S Querrey (USA) d [9] F Lopez (ESP) 63 64
D Goffin (BEL) d L Kubot (POL) 63 16 76(5)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[WC] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) d J Cabal (COL) / A Falla (COL) 63 75
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) 61 36 13-11

Doubles – First Round
[1] R Bopanna (IND) / M Fyrstenberg (POL) d E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS) 64 67(4) 10-3
D Marrero (ESP) / A Sa (BRA) d [2] J Marray (GBR) / F Nielsen (DEN) 63 76(3)



CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
S Darcis (BEL) vs [2] [WC] T Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 3:00 PM
[7] S Querrey (USA) vs [4] A Dolgopolov (UKR)
Not Before 5:00 PM
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [6] M Granollers (ESP)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[3] J Isner (USA) vs D Goffin (BEL)
[1] R Bopanna (IND) / M Fyrstenberg (POL) vs P Andujar (ESP) / L Mayer (ARG)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
J Melzer (AUT) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs D Marrero (ESP) / A Sa (BRA)


Winston-Salem Open – Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule


Singles – Second Round
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d T Bellucci (BRA) 63 76(3)
[2] [WC] T Berdych (CZE) d A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) 63 75
[3] J Isner (USA) d M Klizan (SVK) 46 63 75
[4] A Dolgopolov (UKR) d Y Lu (TPE) 61 63
[6] M Granollers (ESP) d [WC] R Harrison (USA) 64 62
[7] S Querrey (USA) d S Giraldo (COL) 63 62
L Kubot (POL) d [8] J Benneteau (FRA) 26 75 63
[9] F Lopez (ESP) d D Young (USA) 62 63
S Darcis (BEL) d [11] D Istomin (UZB) 62 62
[Q] E Gulbis (LAT) d [12] K Anderson (RSA) 64 76(2)
[13] J Melzer (AUT) d [Q] M McClune (USA) 62 26 76(10)
[14] [WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) d R Haase (NED) 62 64
[Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [15] P Andujar (ESP) 62 63
[16] J Nieminen (FIN) d [Q] B Becker (GER) 63 63

Doubles – First Round
J Cabal (COL) / A Falla (COL) d [4] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) 16 11 ret. (Mahut – knee)
[WC] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) d T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 63 76(10)
J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) d A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 62 62
J Melzer (AUT) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d F Cermak (CZE) / J Murray (GBR) 64 64SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 22 AUGUST, 2012

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[7] S Querrey (USA) vs [9] F Lopez (ESP)
[5] A Roddick (USA) vs S Darcis (BEL)
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR)
Starting at 7:00 PM
[3] J Isner (USA) vs [13] J Melzer (AUT)
J Cabal (COL) / A Falla (COL) vs [WC] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
D Marrero (ESP) / A Sa (BRA) vs [2] J Marray (GBR) / F Nielsen (DEN)
[14] [WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) vs [4] A Dolgopolov (UKR)
[16] J Nieminen (FIN) vs [2] [WC] T Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[Q] E Gulbis (LAT) vs [6] M Granollers (ESP)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
[1] R Bopanna (IND) / M Fyrstenberg (POL) vs E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS)
J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) vs S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)
D Goffin (BEL) vs L Kubot (POL)


Winston-Salem Open – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule


RESULTS – MONDAY, 20 AUGUST, 2012Singles – Second Round
[5] A Roddick (USA) d [WC] J Blake (USA) 76(6) 76(6)
D Goffin (BEL) d [10] V Troicki (SRB) 36 64 75

Singles – First Round
T Bellucci (BRA) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 75 31 ret. (back)
[Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) d G Muller (LUX) 76(4) 64
[Q] E Gulbis (LAT) d C Berlocq (ARG) 64 75
M Klizan (SVK) d B Paire (FRA) 62 76(4)
[Q] M McClune (USA) d A Falla (COL) 61 64
L Kubot (POL) d T Robredo (ESP) 61 26 62
D Young (USA) d L Mayer (ARG) 46 63 62
R Haase (NED) d N Davydenko (RUS) 62 63
Y Lu (TPE) d L Lacko (SVK) 63 76(3)
[Q] B Becker (GER) d T Ito (JPN) 63 46 62

Doubles – First Round
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d [3] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) 76(7) 76(3)
[Alt] P Andujar (ESP) / L Mayer (ARG) d M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) 64 64SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 21 AUGUST, 2012

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
D Young (USA) vs [9] F Lopez (ESP)
[7] S Querrey (USA) vs S Giraldo (COL) 63 – to resume
A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) vs [2] [WC] T Berdych (CZE)
[3] J Isner (USA) vs M Klizan (SVK)
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) vs T Bellucci (BRA)
[WC] R Harrison (USA) vs [6] M Granollers (ESP)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
Y Lu (TPE) vs [4] A Dolgopolov (UKR)
[Q] M McClune (USA) vs [13] J Melzer (AUT)
[14] [WC] D Nalbandian (ARG) vs R Haase (NED)
[12] K Anderson (RSA) vs [Q] E Gulbis (LAT)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
L Kubot (POL) vs [8] J Benneteau (FRA)
[16] J Nieminen (FIN) vs [Q] B Becker (GER)
[Q] S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [15] P Andujar (ESP)
J Melzer (AUT) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs F Cermak (CZE) / J Murray (GBR) – After suitable rest

COURT 4 start 12:00 noon
[WC] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) vs T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR)
S Darcis (BEL) vs [11] D Istomin (UZB)
[4] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs J Cabal (COL) / A Falla (COL)
A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK)


Winston-Salem Sunday Schedule


CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – J Janowicz (POL) vs E Gulbis (LAT) – Final Round Qualifying

Not Before 2:00 PM
X Malisse (BEL) vs S Darcis (BEL)
D Goffin (BEL) vs N Mahut (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 PM
[WC] J Blake (USA) vs A Ramos (ESP)
G Soeda (JPN) vs [WC] R Harrison (USA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – C Guccione (AUS) vs B Becker (GER) – Final Round Qualifying

Not Before 2:00 PM
A Bogomolov Jr. (RUS) vs M Jaziri (TUN)
S Giraldo (COL) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – J Sock (USA) vs M McClune (USA) – Final Round Qualifying
Qualifying – S Singh (IND) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR) – Final Round Qualifying


Berdych takes Wildcard into Winston-Salem


Tomas Berdych will compete in the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University Aug. 18-25.  He is the third wildcard player named to the tournament and is currently ranked No. 7.


Berdych is the second-highest ranked player in the field for the Winston-Salem Open, just behind No. 6 ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He claimed the seventh ATP World Tour singles title of his career earlier this year at Montpelier (Open Sud de France) and also teamed with Petra Kvitova to win the 2012 Hopman cup for the Czech Republic.  Berdych has seven career ATP World Tour titles and has been a runner-up seven times.


He reached the finals at Wimbledon in 2010, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic along the way before losing to Rafael Nadal in the finals. Berdych also reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2010 and climbed to a career-best No. 6 in the fall of 2010.  He lost in the first round of the recent 2012 Olympics in London.


“Berdych is now part of a field of contenders for the Winston-Salem Open that is one of the strongest in all of the ATP tournaments this summer,” Winston-Salem Open tournament director Bill Oakes said. “Fans will really enjoy seeing Berdych play next week.  He is known as a hard hitter with one of the best forehands and overall cleanest games on the ATP World Tour.”


The Winston-Salem Open Announces Player Field

The Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on Tuesday announced  the player field for the tournament taking place August 18-25, 2012.   As of today’s announcement, 38 of the 48 slots have been filled in the men’s singles competition through the ATP’s tournament acceptance process plus James Blake as the first wild card player.


According to the ATP, the 39 players slated to compete to the Winston-Salem Open are all ranked in the top 68 in the world.  By comparison, last year’s players ranked in the top 81.  Twenty-two of the players competing in the Winston-Salem Open are ranked among the ATP top 50.  The tournament will add 9 additional players through additional wild cards and several slots that will be determined from qualifying play prior to the tournament. There will be an additional field of 16 doubles teams to be named closer to the tournament.


“With the exception of perhaps one other tournament, the Winston-Salem Open has the strongest field of contenders of any tennis tournament in America this summer. The work that everyone associated with the Winston-Salem Open did last year really has paid off,” said tournament director Bill Oakes.  “We also believe our field of players is exceptionally strong because many of them will want playing time on a surface like ours between competing on Wimbledon’s grass courts during upcoming Olympics and the U.S. Open, which has a surface like the Winston-Salem Open.”


“The players who came to Winston-Salem last year loved playing here and loved our city.  Almost immediately after the conclusion of last year’s tournament, several of the players expressed a desire to return in 2012,” he added.  “Our expectations for having a world-class professional tennis tournament in Winston-Salem have been fulfilled this year, and I’m thrilled with the field of players who will be competing next month.  It’s going to be a great event by all measures.”


Oakes said that he expects the Winston-Salem Open will draw additional strong players through the wild card and qualifying process.


The newly announced players join Kevin Anderson, Julien Benneteau, James Blake, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Marcel Granollers, John Isner, Andy Roddick, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Donald Young who committed earlier this spring and summer.  A complete list of the 38 players accepted to the Winston-Salem Open is attached.


Highlights of the player field include:


Feliciano Lopez is currently ranked No. 29, after getting as high as No. 15 in January. He is making his second visit to Winston-Salem after playing doubles for Spain in the Davis Cup matches at Joel Coliseum in 2007. He and Fernando Verdasco lost to the Bryan brothers in four sets. Lopez has two career ATP World Tour titles, the latest at Johannesburg in 2010. Lopez reached the fourth round of the Australian Open this year and was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year.


Viktor Troicki is best known for winning the decisive point in the final match of the 2010 Davis Cup finals between Serbia and France, giving Serbia its first Davis Cup title.  He also was part of the Serbian team that won the World Team Championship in Dusseldorf earlier this year. Troicki is currently ranked No. 31 after getting as high as No. 12 last June and has one title in Moscow in 2010.


Denis Istomin is currently ranked a career-high No. 34, after reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon. He has one of the most-powerful serves in tennis. He reached his first ATP World Tour final earlier this year in San Jose, losing to Milos Raonic. He also reached the fourth round at Indian Wells with a victory over world No. 5 David Ferrer.


Pablo Andujar is currently ranked a career-high No. 35. He won the Casablanca title for the second straight year earlier this year and also reached the fourth round at Indian Wells.


Jurgen Melzer is currently ranked No. 36, after reaching a career-best No. 8 in April of 2011. He won earlier this year at Memphis and owns four ATP World Tour singles titles. Has also won 12 doubles titles, including the 2011 US Open with Philipp Petzschner. At the time he reached No. 8 in singles, he was the only player on tour to be ranked in the top 10 in both singles and doubles.


Carlos Berlocq is currently ranked No. 38, after being a career-high 37 two weeks ago. The Argentine reached his first ATP World Tour final at Vina Del Mar in February, losing to Juan Monaco. He also reached the doubles final at Vina Del Mar.


Jarkko Nieminen is currently ranked No. 39, after being as high as No. 13 in 2006. The lefty from Finland got his second career title earlier this year, going through qualifying and eventually beating Julien Benneteau in the finals at Sydney.


Marcos Baghdatis is one of the most-entertaining players on the ATP World Tour. He lost to John Isner in the third round of last year’s Winston-Salem Open but said he had a blast here and was one of the first players to commit this year. Currently ranked No. 40, he has been as high as No. 8 back in 2006, the year he reached the finals of the Australian Open. He owns four career singles titles and one doubles title.


Robin Haase was a semifinalist at last year’s Winston-Salem Open, losing to Julien Benneteau in a third-set tie-break that was probably the most-exciting match of the tournament. He is currently ranked No. 42. He claimed his first career ATP World Tour title last year at Kitzbuhel.


About the Winston-Salem Open

The Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event with a total purse of $625,000, will take place from August 18-25, 2012, with qualifying set for August 18. The tournament will be the final men’s event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.  For more information on the 2012 Winston-Salem Open, please go to www.winstonsalemopen.com.



Dolgopolov, Anderson, Young and Blake Join Winston-Salem Field

Alexandr Dolgopolov, Kevin Anderson,  Donald Young and James Blake have signed to compete in the second annual Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University.  The tournament will be held August 18-25, 2012, at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field.


“The four players we’re announcing today join John Isner and Andy Roddick to form an incredible early field of contenders who will be competing in this year’s tournament,” Winston-Salem Open director Bill Oakes said.


Winston-Salem Open to be held August 18-25

The Winston-Salem Open will be held August 18-25, 2012 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex adjacent to BB&T Field.

“With the return of warm weather, people have tennis on their minds.  Fans already have been calling our office to inquire about ticket availability,” Winston-Salem Open director Bill Oakes said. “With John Isner and Andy Roddick already signed on to compete – and more to come – there will no doubt be strong demand for seats.”

The Winston-Salem Open is offering several enhancements to this year’s tournament. There also will be approximately 15 percent more seats available this year to accommodate seating demand for peak sessions.

For more information www.winstonsalemopen.com.