Top seed Roberto Bautista Agut reached his second consecutive Winston-Salem Open final on Friday, beating German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals.
Bautista Agut broke four times and especially took advantage of Struff’s second serve, winning 72% (26/36) of those points. The German was playing in his first semi-final since 2014.
Bautista Agut admitted after his win over Struff that he has revenge on his mind this week. He
had lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in last year’s final and is now looking for his second ATP World Tour title of the year and the sixth of his career. He won at Chennai earlier in the year.
“I’m so happy to be in the final again. Today I played a very good match. It’s been a great week for me,” Bautista Agut said.
He will go for his second title of the season and the sixth of his career against first time finalist Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzogovina, who came back to beat Brit Kyle Edmund 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 53 minutes.
The 25 year old became the first player from Bosnia-Herzegovina to reach an ATP World Tour
final, and now has a chance to become the sixth first-time winner on the tour this year.
“It’s going to be a big thing for me and my country, being the only player in the top 100 and
getting great results. I think everyone in my country is still awake and watching me, so I’m really proud for my country. It looks a little strange for me to make the final, but for us it’s a big deal. In Bosnia, it’s a really big result. For all the country what we’ve went through in the last 20 years, I’m proud of my country and proud of myself, and it’s going to be a good day tomorrow. Dzhumur said after the match
Dzhumur, currently ranked No. 67, came to Winston-Salem after reaching the finals at a
Challenger event in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic last week. He didn’t arrive in town until 2 a.m. Monday morning, then proceeded to beat Denis Istomin that afternoon.
He followed that up by beating ninth seeded Gilles Simon, Horacio Zeballos, Hyeon Chung and Kyle Edmund to reach the final, so he has now played 10 matches in the past 10 days.
In the doubles final, the second-seeded team of Jean-Julien Roger and Horia Tecau claimed the
title with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Julio Peralta and Horacio Zeballos.
It was the pair’s third ATP World Tour doubles crown of the year and it was particularly
meaningful to Roger, who celebrated his 36 th birthday on Friday.
“It’s a nice birthday gift,” Roger said. “But I was not going to let the result determine if I was
going to have a good day or not. I’m happy with the win. We had a good week and did a lot of good things in preparation for New York so we hope to carry the form on to New York.”
Roger and Tecau didn’t lose their serve a single time all week in four matches. They beat
Dominic Inglot-Daniel Nestor in the first round, Marcus Daniell-Nicholas Monroe in the quarterfinals, and Brian Baker-Nikola Mektic in the semis.
“Every tournament that you win is special,” Tecau said. “This was our first time coming here as a team and we really had a good time. There were some hot days, tough conditions, but we managed to play some good tennis. It’s another great week for us that’s adding to our team and now we need to recover quick and continue the form.”