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Rosol To Battle Janowicz For Winston-Salem Title

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Rosol© Getty ImagesLukas Rosol bids for a second ATP World Tour crown at the Winston-Salem Open on Sunday.

Lukas Rosol reached his fourth ATP World Tour final on Friday, overcoming Yen-Hsun Lu 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and four minutes in Winston-Salem.

The seventh seed fired eight aces and broke the Taiwanese's serve on four occasions to advance to his third title match of the year. He will vie for his second tour-level crown when he encounters Jerzy Janowicz in Saturday's final. Rosol hoisted his maiden trophy at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest last year and finished runner-up there in 2014. He was also a finalist on the clay of the MercedesCup.

"I'm happy for this result and I hope it's not finished yet," said Rosol. "I was not down in the third set. I was the first one to break. You just have to (mentally) stay in the court. I have some work in front of me and I'm always trying to find the highest possible level."

The Brno native has now reached the quarter-finals or better at his last five tournaments. Since a second round exit to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, the Czech enjoyed an impressive July on the ATP World Tour, reaching the final in Stuttgart (l. to Bautista Agut) and quarter-finals in Hamburg, Umag and Kitzbühel. Rosol is also the second Czech finalist in three years in Winston-Salem, following Tomas Berdych (l. to Isner) in 2012.

Lu was bidding to reach his second final, after losing to Isner in Auckland earlier this year. "It was a very close match and both of us had many chances to win," said the 31 year old. "Suddenly I played two bad service games and I was not focusing and putting energy into the court. He overpowered me from the baseline. It's nothing to complain about, but if I played a few points better the score would have turned to my side. Of course he deserved to win today."

In the second semi-final, Janowicz booked his second appearance in an ATP World Tour title match after a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 triumph over home favourite Sam Querrey. The Pole has endured a difficult year, falling in his opening match at 10 different tournaments; this week marked the first time in 2014 the World No. 52 had won consecutive matches.

"It means a lot to me, this kind of win. It's my second final after a long, long time," said Janowicz, who finished runner-up to David Ferrer at the BNP Paribas Masters two years ago. "I have had a nasty losing streak this year and I'm glad to be back."

In the second set, Janowicz fought to stay in the match as Querrey served at 6-4, 5-4. The 23 year old went on to convert two of his five breaks in that set to take their duel to a decider. Janowicz also saved 16 (of 20) break points during the battle lasting two hours and 18 minutes.

"This was a confidence-booster for me," added Janowicz. "It's not easy to come back against Sam. If you fight, anything can happen."

Querrey had reached the semi-finals in Winston-Salem in his past three outings (2012-'14), and was bidding to reach his 13th ATP World Tour final and first since winning Los Angeles in 2012. The World No. 56 ended his week having served a tournament-high 84 aces.

"This was the first time I had played five matches in a row all year," said Querrey. "I played consistently the whole week. My forehand felt good and my serve felt good. It's a good feeling to have going into the US Open."

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Colombians Reach Doubles Final
Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah advanced to their seventh ATP World Tour final of the year (1-5) mid-afternoon. The pair lost just seven of their service points in a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Florin Mergea and Joao Sousa in 54 minutes. They will next look to add to their first crown won at the Rio Open presented by Claro hdtv (d. Melo-Marrero) in February.

In Saturday’s title match, Cabal and Farah meet third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers, who needed a Match Tie-break to claim their semi-final win against Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Marcel Granollers 5-7, 6-2, 10-7. The British-Australian team hopes to add a second title of 2014 (Munich) to their four trophies.

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