Isner defends Winston-Salem Open with win over Berdych
August 25, 2012 · Print This Article
Winston-Salem Open— Winston Salem, U.S.A.
It took two hours and 27 minutes of hard-velocity serving for John Isner to defend his title in Winston-Salem over Tomas Berdych, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(9) on Saturday.
Needing two match points to prevail, Isner struck 22 aces and won 77 percent of his first serve points over his second-ranked opponent. Defeating top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals, Isner captured his second title of the year and fifth of his career. Currently ranked No. 10 in the world, Isner will head into US Open in an open quarter featuring No. 4 seed David Ferrer.
Isner will face Xavier Malisse in first-round action, while Berdych will take on David Goffin in his opener. Goffin reached the fourth-round of the French Open this year.