Fratangelo Advances In Winston-Salem
American Bjorn Fratangelo beat Evgeny Donskoy 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to advance to the second round at the Winston-Salem Open on Sunday. The 23-year-old wild card fired eight aces and capitalised on five of his 11 break point chances in the one-hour, 51-minute victory.
“I felt more and more comfortable as the match went on,” said Fratangelo, who will next face No. 11 seed Paolo Lorenzi. “I prepared correctly, it was just tough.”
Top seed Richard Gasquet will begin his campaign on Monday against Daniel Evans, who advanced with a 6-3, 7-6(3) win over Gastao Elias. Jan-Lennard Struff topped Andreas Seppi 6-2, 6-3 in 64 minutes to set a second-round meeting with No. 16 seed Pablo Carreno Busta.
Yen-Hsun Lu topped Illya Marchenko 7-6(5), 6-3, while Stephane Robert beat fellow Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Yoshihito Nishioka, Radu Albot, James McGee and James Duckworth advanced to the main draw after winning their final round matches in qualifying over Liam Broady, Tim Van Rijthoven, Michael Berrer and Petros Chrysochos, respectively.
Winston-Salem is the final ATP World Tour event of the U.S. summer, welcoming 48 players to the Wake Forest campus in North Carolina. Top seed Gasquet is making is tournament debut. Kevin Anderson, the fifth seed, returns to defend his title.