In the 2014 Winston-Salem Open final, Jerzy Janowicz saw two match points come and go before succumbing to Lukas Rosol 7-5 in the third set. The script was much different on Tuesday.

Janowicz needed just 70 minutes to dispatch Rosol 6-3, 6-2, firing nine aces and saving all five break points faced. The 16th-seeded Pole, who owns a 6-1 record in Winston-Salem, was pleased with the victory.

"I lost after having match points exactly one year ago, so this was an important match for me today," Janowicz said. "I'm playing very good tennis now so I'm happy. I feel really good. Last week (in Cincinnati) I played really decent tennis, but I'm avoiding mistakes."

The World No. 61 will next face second seed Kevin Anderson, with eighth seed Borna Coric and Diego Schwartzman the other players in that quarter of the draw. Anderson rallied from a set deficit to defeat Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, while Schwartzman overcame Pablo Andujar 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, notching his second straight win over a Spaniard this week. The Argentine opened his Winston-Salem campaign with a straight-sets defeat of Daniel Gimeno-Traver on Sunday.

In other action, Jiri Vesely opened his bid for a second ATP World Tour title this year (Auckland) with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over qualifier Martin Klizan. The 11th seed, who faces either Thomaz Bellucci or 17 year old rising star Frances Tiafoe next, snapped a three-match losing skid.

Home hope Steve Johnson survived 13 aces from big-serving Aussie Sam Groth, hammering 15 of his own for a 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-1 win. The American is less than a month removed from equaling his career-best showing on the ATP World Tour - a semi-final finish at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.

"I came out and got an early break, which is what you want to do against a big server like Sam," Johnson said. "I played a sloppy (second set) tie-break after getting up 3-1. I played a little passive and he hit it well. I just kept my composure and took care of business in the third. I'm happy to get the win.

"I tried to get my racquet on as many balls, hit some good passing shots and it worked out today."

Also reaching the third round on Tuesday was Yen-Hsun Lu, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over fifth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Lu leveled his FedEx ATP Head2Head against the Spaniard at 3-3, improving to 2-1 on hard courts.

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American young gun Frances Tiafoe made a significant statement on Monday at the Winston-Salem Open, storming back from 1-4 down in the third set to defeat James Duckworth 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(3).

The 17 year old notched his first match win on the ATP World Tour in his fifth attempt. He avenged a loss to Duckworth earlier this year in Nice, firing 20 aces and saving seven of nine break points.

"He was serving really well in the first set," said Tiafoe. "He was bombing away and I was already focused on the second set. I came back and started competing really well, dictating and getting the crowd into it... There's no reason to stop fighting. I'm a very good competitor. I just keep competing, keeping the points longer and keeping the balls deeper.

"I'm really happy about getting my first ATP win, but I'm more focused on getting my body ready for tomorrow. Just because I have one win doesn't mean I stop now. I want to keep going."

Read: Tiafoe Stars of Tomorrow

It was the third match win by a 17 year old this year on the ATP World Tour, along with Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev. Tiafoe has won four matches in just three days after battling through qualifying, capped by a three-set comeback win against countryman Ryan Harrison to book his spot in the main draw. The American will next face Thomaz Bellucci in the second round.

In other action, fellow teen Thanasi Kokkinakis needed three match points to see off an in-form Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(1), 7-6(5) after one hour and 43 minutes. The 19-year-old Aussie is coming off a second-round finish at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati (l. to Gasquet) and has now notched match wins in eight different tour-level tournaments this year.

Borna Coric - the youngest teen in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings - battled past Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in a match that ended after midnight in Winston-Salem. The 18-year-old Croat is the first to book his spot in the third round.

Meanwhile, Pablo Carreno Busta stopped wild card Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-4 and home hope Donald Young was denied 6-3, 6-3 in 75 minutes by Denis Istomin. Carreno Busta sets a second-round meeting with Joao Sousa and Istomin meets third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

American young gun Frances Tiafoe made a significant statement on Monday at the Winston-Salem Open, storming back from 1-4 down in the third set to defeat James Duckworth 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(3).

The 17 year old notched his first match win on the ATP World Tour in his fifth attempt. He avenged a loss to Duckworth earlier this year in Nice, firing 20 aces and saving seven of nine break points.

"He was serving really well in the first set," said Tiafoe. "He was bombing away and I was already focused on the second set. I came back and started competing really well, dictating and getting the crowd into it... There's no reason to stop fighting. I'm a very good competitor. I just keep competing, keeping the points longer and keeping the balls deeper."

"I'm really happy about getting my first ATP win, but I'm more focused on getting my body ready for tomorrow. Just because I have one win doesn't mean I stop now. I want to keep going."

Read: Tiafoe Stars of Tomorrow

It was the third match win by a 17 year old this year, along with Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev. Tiafoe has won four matches in just three days after battling through qualifying, capped by a three-set comeback win against countryman Ryan Harrison to book his spot in the main draw. The American will next face Thomaz Bellucci in the second round.

In other action, fellow teen Thanasi Kokkinakis needed three match points to see off an in-form Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(1), 7-6(5) after one hour and 43 minutes. The 19-year-old Aussie is coming off a second round finish at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati (l. to Gasquet) and has now notched match wins in eight different tour-level tournaments this year.

Lukas Rosol edged Jerzy Janowicz in the 2014 Winston-Salem Open final and it did not take long for a rematch to materialise.

The Czech downed Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 7-6(4) in one hour and 39 minutes on Monday to book a second-round date against 16th-seed Janowicz. Rosol saved two match points in rallying from a set down to beat the Pole for last year's Winston-Salem title.

"It's always not easy to defend a title," said Rosol. "To beat Ernests first round was a tough match. I lost to him two weeks ago in the Montreal second round. I'm happy to continue the winning streak in Winston-Salem.

"I was trying to concentrate on every point. Ernests started to serve very well in the second set so it was tricky... I feel pretty good on this surface here in Winston-Salem and I've been practising here since Thursday.

"It won't be easy playing Jerzy again. He's serving very well and I have to wait for my chances. I'll try to play my best."

Meanwhile, qualifier Martin Klizan set a second-round meeting against 11th-seed Jiri Vesely after defeating Marsel Ilhan 7-6(1), 6-2. Another qualifier, Pierre-Hugues Herbert will battle 14th-seed Marcos Baghdatis following a 6-3, 6-2 win over Sergiy Stakhovsky. The 24-year-old Frenchman is appearing in his third tour-level main draw of the year. 

Seventh-seed Sam Querrey opens against Simone Bolelli after the Italian's opening victory over Federico Delbonis. Bolelli needed one hour and 33 minutes to fight past the Argentine, firing eight aces and converting on three of 10 break chances. 

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The ATP has announced that Nick Kyrgios has been found to have committed the player major offence “Aggravated Behavior” after a review of his comments made during his second round match against Stan Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada, on 12 August 2015.

The ATP has imposed a further fine of US$25,000 as well as a suspension for a period of 28 days from any ATP sanctioned event. However, the fine and suspension are withheld on the condition that, over the next six-month period, ending 24 February 2016, the player:

1) does not incur any fines for verbal or physical abuse at any ATP sanctioned tournament, or;

2) does not accumulate fines totalling more than US$5,000 for any other offences at ATP sanctioned tournaments.

Once the player has met those conditions the penalties will be formally dismissed. If the conditions are not met the penalties will be invoked after any appeals process is exhausted.

The ATP review analysed information gathered from various sources on-site and also included a submission on behalf of the player.

In handing down the finding, Gayle David Bradshaw, Executive Vice President, Rules & Competition, said: ‘This incident was egregious and reflected poorly on our sport. Nick has expressed regret, and the best result would be that he learns a lesson from this incident and that he understands he is responsible to the Tour and to fellow players for both his actions and his words. It is with these factors in mind I feel he should have the opportunity to ‘earn’ his way out of additional sanctions.”

Kyrgios had already been fined the on-site maximum of US$10,000 for the offence. In addition, he received a US$2,500 fine for Unsportsmanlike Conduct related to a comment made to a ball person during the match.

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A LOOK BACK
Odlum Brown VanOpen (Vancouver, Canada): Dudi Sela was born and raised in Kiryat Shmona, Israel and currently lives in Tel Aviv, but the 30 year old might want to consider taking up residence in Vancouver after winning his fourth title in the Canadian city. Eleven years removed from his first Odlum Brown VanOpen title at the tournament’s inaugural edition, Sela downed John-Patrick Smith 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and 33 minutes, saving four of five break points.

"In Israel we practise on a court where the balls are not bouncing high and it's the same here," Sela told USTA broadcaster Mike Cation following the match. "I'm not that tall. This one suits me very well. I have many friends and family here. I feel at home. They are pushing me and I don't want to let them down. I feel like I'm playing in Israel."

With the title, Sela moved into sole ownership of second place on the all-time Challenger titles list, breaking from a tie with Japan’s Go Soeda with his 18th crown. He is now three titles behind Yen-Hsun Lu for first position. In addition, Sela became just the fifth player in Challenger history to win four or more titles at the same tournament, joining Hyung-Taik Lee (7 – Seoul), Marcos Daniel (6 – Bogota), Potito Starace (4 – Napoli) and Ricardo Mello (4 – Sao Paulo). He previously triumphed in ‘05, ‘08 and ‘10.

ATP CHALLENGER TOUR TITLE LEADERS

Player
Titles
1) Yen-Hsun Lu
21
2) Dudi Sela
18
3) Go Soeda
17
4) Takao Suzuki
16

"Of course I would prefer it to be ATP World Tour titles, but when I'm not playing my best in ATP I go to the Challengers to get my confidence back. It's good to go back and practise a lot and I think you're more relaxed in a Challenger and work on some things in your game."

Sela, whose wife is expecting their second child, expressed that chasing points for entry into tournaments is not his priority anymore. Family comes first and tennis will always be there.

"It's always nice to win a tournament and win a lot of matches. I didn't do that for a long time and this is a nice feeling. Every match I played better this week, so I feel really good and I want to play well in the US Open."

Meanwhile, second seed John Millman saw his match win streak come to an end at 11 straight with a second round defeat. The Aussie had won consecutive titles in Lexington and Aptos entering the week and is one of four players to achieve a win streak of 10 or more this year.

Maserati Challenger by Cittadino (Meerbusch, Germany): Andreas Haider-Maurer is closing in on a return to the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings after winning his ninth Challenger crown 6-2, 6-4 over Carlos Berlocq on Sunday in Meerbusch. It was the first final between Top 100 players this year, with Haider-Maurer at No. 61 and Berlocq No. 60. The top seeded Austrian needed six match points to prevail, saving seven of eight break points faced. He avenged four straight defeats to the Argentine, in what was their first meeting since 2011. Berlocq, meanwhile, registered his 250th match win on the circuit in reaching his 24th final. The loss ends his run of consecutive finals won at six.

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Internazionali di Tennis del Friuli Venezia Giulia (Cordenons, Italy): Third seed Filip Krajinovic is back in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings thanks to his fourth ATP Challenger Tour title run. The Serb, who reached a career-high World No. 86 in April, won his second title of the year, having beaten Paul Henri Mathieu in Braunschweig. He triumphed when Adrian Ungur retired down 5-7, 6-4, 4-1 with a right upper leg injury.

Elsewhere in the draw, Paolo Lorenzi topped countryman Filippo Volandri in a battle of the second and third winningest players in Challenger history, respectively. Italian veterans Lorenzi (317-208) and Volandri (306-171) surprisingly met for just the third time, having split their previous two encounters.

What The Players Said
Haider-Maurer: "Today I played very good, right from the beginning of the match. I took risks and often hit the lines. At the end of the match I got nervous, but I think that's normal in such a final, especially if you have an opponent like Carlos Berlocq on clay on the other side.

"From day to day I have played better and better this week and I felt very comfortable."

WHAT'S AHEAD
World No. 104 Daniel Munoz-de la Nava continues to close in on a remarkable first appearance in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings at age 33. He is the top seed at the lone tournament of the week, in Manerbio, Italy. The event returns to the Challenger circuit after a three-year hiatus. Ungur, who won the title in 2011, is unseeded in this edition.

Big-serving Australian Sam Groth has saved two match points to deny 18-year-old American wild card Jared Donaldson 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 7-6(5) in the first round of the Winston-Salem Open on Sunday. Groth, currently at No. 53 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, rallied from a break down in the second and third sets to clinch the match after two hours and 50 minutes.

“To tough one out like that definitely helps you for this week and for the (US) Open,” Groth said. “I knew if I was able to hit my spots on my serve I was able to dig those match points out. I actually played a good game to get those breaks back … I’m really establishing myself in that Top 60 now. Hopefully Top 50 isn’t too far away.”

Korean teenager Hyeon Chung also surged back from a set and a break down to defeat Brit James Ward 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3. The 19-year-old World No. 73 has claimed three Challenger titles this year but against his more experienced 28-year-old opponent found himself trailing by a set and with Ward serving for a 5-3 lead in the second. From there, Ward lost six games in a row, dropping the second set 6-3 before stemming the flow of games for 1-3 in the decider. He held with an ace for 3-5 but Chung served it out after two hours and four minutes.

Earlier, Chineses Taipai’s Yen-Hsun Lu downed Dutchman Robin Haase 7-6(4), 6-2 and Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman saw off Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 7-6(8). Belgian Steve Darcis was forced to retire hurt trailing 0-2 against Colombian Santiago Giraldo.

In final round qualifying action, 17-year-old American wild card Frances Tiafoe reached his third ATP World Tour main draw of the year after defeating Ryan Harrison. He earns a rematch against Australian James Duckworth, whom he lost to in Nice in May in three sets. Top qualifying seed, Slovenia’s Martin Klizan, also won through to the main draw, as did Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Italian Marco Cecchinato.


Winston-Salem Last U.S. Stop – The final U.S. tournament of the season on the ATP World Tour, the Winston-Salem Open, features four players in the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, led by top seed/wild card Gilles Simon, No. 2/wild card Kevin Anderson, No. 3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 4 Viktor Troicki. This is the fifth year of the 48-player tournament.
  • Gilles Top Seed – French No. 1 Simon is a wild card entry and is making his tournament debut. The 30-year-old Frenchman enters with a 34-17 match record on the season (17-9 on hard court). In February, he captured his 12th career ATP World Tour title in Marseille. He also was a semi-finalist in Rotterdam and Queen’s Club in London, and a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon. This will be the seventh time in his career he is the top seed in an ATP World Tour tournament, the second of the season. 
  • Defending Champion – Czech Lukas Rosol, who saved one match point to defeat Jerzy Janowicz 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 in last year’s final, returns to defend his title. Rosol ended last season a year-end best No. 31 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after reaching a career-high No. 26 on 22 September. The 30-year-old Prague resident enters with a 12-23 match record (5-11 on hard court) this season. His best showings are quarter-finals in Bucharest and Munich, both on clay.
  • Anderson Back Again – Top South African and second seed Anderson took a wild card for the second straight year. He will be making his third visit to Winston-Salem. Two years ago he lost in the opening round (l. to Gulbis). Last year he came in as the No. 2 seed and fell in the third round (l. to Querrey) after a opening-round bye. This season, Anderson has climbed to a career-high No. 14 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 22 June. He was runner-up in Memphis (l. to Nishikori) and Queen’s Club/London (l.to Murray). 
  • Teenage Quartet – There are four teenagers in the main draw, all making their tournament debut. Three of them are coming off second-round showings at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati. Leading the way is 18-year-old Borna Coric, who is the No. 8 seed and ranked No. 38. He’s won 20 matches on the ATP World Tour this season. The other teens are Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis (19), wild card Jared Donaldson (18) and Korean Hyeon Chung (19).
  • Americans in Draw – There are five Americans in the main draw (not including possible qualifiers), led by No. 34 Sam Querrey, the No. 2 American behind No. 12 John Isner. Querrey has a 10-3 career record in Winston-Salem, reaching the semi-finals each of the past three years. The other Americans in the Top 100 are: Steve Johnson and Donald Young, along with wild card Donaldson.
  • Dolgo Watch – Alexandr Dolgopolov has a 7-3 career record in Winston-Salem, reaching the semi-finals two years ago and the quarter-finals in 2011-12. This week he qualified in Cincinnati and advanced to the semi-finals (l. to Djokovic in three sets) after beating No. 6 Tomas Berdych. The former World No. 13 takes on Aussie teenager Kokkinakis in the first round.
  • Perfect Attendance – Spaniard Pablo Andujar and Dutchman Robin Haase are the only players in the singles draw playing in Winston-Salem for the fifth consecutive year. Andujar has a 1-4 record, reaching the third round last year (after a first-round bye). Haase has a 7-4 record with his best result as a semi-final showing in 2011.
  • Nestor Top Seed – The top seeds in the doubles draw are Lukasz Kubot and  Daniel Nestor, who are playing together for the second time (’13 Memphis – SF). The 42-year-old Nestor captured the Masters 1000 title on Sunday in Cincinnati (w/Roger-Vasselin). Two weeks ago, Nestor was runner-up on home soil in Montreal (l. to Bryans). Nestor is playing in Winston-Salem for the third time. He won in his debut two years ago (w/Paes) and last year lost in the first round (w/Bopanna). Nestor has 87 career doubles titles, third-most in the Open Era. 

Birthdays

25 August - Jean-Julien Rojer (34)

30 August - Ernests Gulbis (27)

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