WINSTON-SALEM OPEN 2014
Rosol Saves 2 M.P. To Win Winston-Salem Crown
by ATP Staff|
The 29 year old fought off two match points against his 6'8" opponent as he served at 4-5 in the deciding set. Rosol went on to break Janowicz in the following game, and capped the triumph with his 13th ace.
“I just focused on my games, especially while I was serving," said Rosol. "I waited patiently to see if he would give me a chance on his serve, and he did. I didn’t start out well, but I finished strong.”
"[Players] can make a comeback, whatever the score," Janowicz said. "[Rosol] served well.
"Losses happen. This is not my first - and hopefully will not be my last - final. I'm looking forward to the next tournament. I am playing well. I had a great week here in Winston-Salem," Janowicz added.
Rosol has experienced a resurgence of late, reaching the quarter-finals or better at his past five tournaments. His previous three final outings came last year in Bucharest (d. Garcia-Lopez) and this year in Bucharest (l. to Dimitrov) and Stuttgart (l. to Bautista Agut). He joins Tomas Berdych (Rotterdam) as the second Czech winner on the ATP World Tour this year.
The Brno native collected $80,280 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points for his victory and will climb six places to a career-high No. 27 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday. The 23-year-old Janowicz, for his runner-up finish, will rise from No. 52 to 43; he earned $45,705 and 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
Janowicz was bidding to become the first player from Poland to win an ATP World Tour title since Wojtek Fibak claimed the Chicago trophy in 1982. Today he was competing in his second final, almost two years after losing the BNP Paribas Masters title match to David Ferrer in 2012.