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Goffin Ousts Defending Champ Melzer To Extend Winning Streak

Winston-Salem, U.S.A.

Goffin© SUSAN MULLANE / CAMERAWORK USA,INC.David Goffin hasn't lost a match since Wimbledon.

Belgian qualifier David Goffin extended his winning streak to 23 straight matches, as he ousted defending champion Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-4 in first-round action Monday at the Winston-Salem Open.

The 23-year-old Goffin, who won two matches in the qualifying rounds, saved all six break points faced against Melzer, 10 years his senior. The Austrian had defeated Gael Monfils in last year's final.

Goffin has gone unbeaten since his first-round loss to Andy Murray at Wimbledon. In a four-week stretch, he claimed three straight ATP Challenger Tour titles before lifting his first ATP World Tour trophy in Kitzbuhel (d. Thiem).

“The confidence is really high at the moment,” said Goffin. “I’m feeling so good. I played really well this summer, and now I keep winning, so for the moment it’s a great period for me.” 

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He will next face No. 4 seed Leonardo Mayer. The Argentine also enters Winston-Salem on a winning streak as makes his first appearance since capturing his first tour-level title in Hamburg.

American Sam Querrey fired 16 aces in a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory over Spain's Pere Riba, as he recorded his 20th match win of the season. Querrey, a two-time Winston-Salem semi-finalist, set up a second-round meeting with countryman Steve Johnson, the No. 16 seed. The two players met earlier this summer in Atlanta, the first stop of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, with Querrey winning in straight sets.

The three other Americans in action Monday lost their first-round matches. Wild card Robby Ginepri fell to Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 7-5; qualifier Marcos Giron was defeated by Ukraine's Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-4, 6-4; and qualifier Wayne Odesnik succumbed 7-6(4), 6-3 to Slovenian Blaz Rola.

Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, who last week upset World No. 8 Grigor Dimitrov in Cincinnati, made his main draw debut at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament by defeating Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-1, 6-4. 

Fifth-seeded Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez saved all four break points he faced and rallied from a set down to defeat German Dustin Brown 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-2.

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