WINSTON-SALEM OPEN 2014
Anderson Wins Winston-Salem Opener; Mahut Ousts Robredo
by ATP Staff|
Second seed Kevin Anderson bounced back from his first-round loss to John Isner last week, beginning his Winston-Salem Open campaign with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday.
Anderson had reached back-to-back quarter-finals in Washington and Toronto, including an upset win over World No. 4 Stan Wawrinka, before falling to the top American in his Cincinnati opener.
"I feel like I’m playing great tennis," he said. "It’s just about getting out there and competing well. Matches can often go up and down. You just want to put yourself in the best position to win the match, and that’s been my biggest goal, which I’m hopefully looking forward to creating those opportunities over the next two weeks."
Anderson will next face American Sam Querrey, who defeated Steve Johnson in straight sets for a second time during the Emirates Airline US Open Series. Querrey claimed a 6-4, 6-3 win over the No. 16 seed.
Two other Frenchmen fared better in their second-round matches Tuesday. Nicolas Mahut upset third seed Tommy Robredo 6-1, 7-6(0), defeating the Spaniard for the second time in five FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings. Robredo, who was going for his 30th match win of the season, had reached the quarter-finals last week in Cincinnati, where he knocked out World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
“I’m pretty happy about the way I played today, especially at the beginning,” said Mahut. “I knew he was coming from a tough week in Cincinnati, so I knew if I had a good start, I thought maybe it’d be difficult for him. I played well in the first set and was 6-1, 3-1 up. I didn’t play a good service game at 3-1, so the second set was tougher, but still it’s a good win for me.”
France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin, the No. 12 seed, needed two hours and 43 minutes to battle past Ukraine’s Aleksandr Nedovyesov 7-6(9), 6-7(5), 6-4. He goes on to face Jerzy Janowicz, who also needed more than two hours to edge sixth seed Joao Sousa 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5). The Pole had recorded a Top 10 win over Grigor Dimitrov last week in Cincinnati.
American Donald Young, the No. 11 seed, cruised through his opening match, dismissing Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-1, 6-3 in 46 minutes. Young recently reached the semi-finals in Washington, D.C. (l. to Raonic).
Belgian qualifier David Goffin extended his unbeaten run to 24 matches as he knocked out fourth seed Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-1. Mayer, like Goffin, was playing his first tournament since claiming his first ATP World Tour title last month, in Hamburg.
Goffin's unbeaten run since a first-round Wimbledon loss includes three straight ATP Challenger Tour titles, the tour-level title in Kitzbuhel, and four matches in Winston-Salem, including two in qualifying.
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