|Posted on August 25, 2012 at 1:00 PM|
Second-seeded wild card Tomas Berdych advanced to his third final of the season on Friday at the Winston-Salem Open, defeating seventh seed Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-3.
H2H Tomas Berdych vs John Isner
Order of Play - Saturday, August 25, 2012
Center Court - Match Start At: 12:30 pm
 John Isner (USA) vs [WC]  Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Pablo Andujar (ESP)/Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)(Scott Lipsky (USA)
crual tie-break and Tomas unable to convert 3 MPs
ISNER SAVES 3 M.P. TO BEAT BERDYCH IN WINSTON-SALEM FINAL
by ATP Staff | 25.08.2012
American John Isner successfully defended his Winston-Salem Open title, saving three championship points before defeating second-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(9) on Saturday.
Berdych secured the first set in 34 minutes with two breaks as the third-seeded Isner managed to win just 54 per cent of his service points, but was unable to maintain the momentum in the second. The Czech dropped serve in the opening game, while Isner proceeded to lose just five service points total, drawing level with an ace on set point.
For a second straight day, Isner - who knocked out top seed and World No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals - prevailed against a Top 10 player in a third-set tie-break. He saved three match points at 6-5, 7-6 and 9-8 for World No. 7 Berdych, and clinched the match after two hours and 26 minutes on his second championship point.
World No. 10 Isner, who fired 22 aces in the final, improves to a tour-best 35-13 in tie-breaks this season and to a 10-0 match record at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament. He has now won five ATP World Tour titles from 12 finals, while Berdych drops to a 7-8 record.
"I hope it’s going to be enough time to put this match from my mind and keep all those matches before - and those before were pretty good. Even this one was not bad until the end. It just happens," said Berdych. "I won a couple of matches, which was the goal and the [reason] why I wanted to come here. I made it pretty successful, but still one I was missing, so it will take some time. Next week, already Monday or Tuesday, I’m starting in New York so it’s not much time to think on the past but to be ready for what’s happening there."
Both players next head to the US Open. Isner will be looking to reach the quarter-finals for a second straight year; the highest seed in his quarter is World No. 5 David Ferrer. Berdych could face Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, but has never advanced past the Round of 16 in nine previous appearances in Flushing Meadows.
Tomas Berdych returns a shot to John Isner of the USA during the finals of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on August 25, 2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Isner won his second straight Winston-Salem title Saturday, battling through a third-set tiebreaker to beat seventh-ranked Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (11-9).
Isner outlasts Berdych for second straight Winston-Salem crown
Saturday, August 25, 2012
John Isner captured his second straight title at the Winston-Salem Open with a thrilling three-set victory over Tomas Berdych in Saturday's final of the U.S. Open tune-up. Winston-Salem, NC (Sports Network) - John Isner captured his second straight title at the Winston-Salem Open with a thrilling three-set victory over Tomas Berdych in Saturday's final of the U.S. Open tune-up.
Isner rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) triumph to remain perfect in his home state event. The native of nearby Greensboro improved to 10-0 on the hardcourts at Wake Forest University.
The third-seeded American improved to 2-2 in ATP finals this year and earned his fifth career title. He also won in Newport last month after losing in finals at Indian Wells and Houston.
"It's a great feeling. Both my titles this year are the exact same titles I won last year," Isner said. "Defending a title is not easy. There's pressure on you coming into the tournament so I think for me to do that, at both Newport and here in Winston-Salem, it should help me a lot going forward in the coming years. I'm absolutely thrilled."
After needing three sets to beat top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Friday's semifinals, Saturday's victory also didn't come easy.
There were no breaks of serve in the third set and Isner raced out to a 3-1 lead in the tiebreak before Berdych won four straight points. Isner then came up with a timely passing shot for his first forehand winner of the match and followed with an ace, but a forehand error set up a championship point for Berdych, who instead netted a backhand volley to make it 6-6.
Berdych also failed to convert two more points for the title, with Isner's 22nd and final ace saving the latter to make it 9-9.
Isner then caught a break when a Berdych forehand clipped the net cord and went wide. It gave Isner his second match point and he took advantage with a blistering forehand winner to wrap it up.
Berdych, trying for his eighth career title and first in the United States, slammed his racket in frustration while sitting in his chair after congratulating the winner.
"I won a couple of matches, which was the goal and the [reason] why I wanted to come here," Berdych said. "I made it pretty successful, but still one I was missing."
The second-seeded Czech fell to 7-8 all-time in ATP finals, including 1-2 this year. He won in Montpellier back in February and lost to Roger Federer in the Madrid title match during the spring.
Berdych broke serve early for a 3-2 lead and held at love in the following game, then broke again to capture the opening set. Isner saved one set point before drilling a forehand wide on the second.
Isner finally earned a break point in the opening game of the second set and converted thanks to a brilliant return of a blazing Berdych serve. The Czech appeared surprised at the return and simply missed a forehand wide to give Isner the early advantage.
A quick hold of serve solidified the break and Isner dominated the second set with his serve, winning 16-of-17 first-service points with nine aces. He rifled three aces past Berdych in the final game alone to force a third set.
Isner, after a first-round flameout at Wimbledon, has had a solid summer in preparation for next week's U.S. Open. He beat Lleyton Hewitt for the title at Newport, reached the semifinals in Atlanta and bowed out to Federer in the quarterfinals at the Olympics before another semifinal run earlier this month in Toronto.
Currently ranked 10th in the world, Isner will open his stay next week at the U.S. Open against Belgian veteran Xavier Malisse. The seventh-ranked Berdych will meet David Goffin in his first-round match at Flushing Meadows.
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Tomas Berdych reacts to a shot against John Isner of the USA during the finals of the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University on August 25, 2012 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Saturday Final: Isner Repeats InThriller
August 25, 2012
By John Delong
If this continues, they’ll have to start calling it the John Isner Open.
The Greensboro native and World No. 10 won the second annual Winston-Salem Openfor the second straight year on Saturday afternoon, as he gutted out a 3-6,6-4, 7-6 (9) thriller over World No. 7 Tomas Berdych in a heart-stopping final.
Isner fought off three match points in the third-settiebreaker, and wound up winning the final three points to claim his second ATPWorld Tour title of the year and the fifth of his career. He also successfullydefended his title at Newport earlier this summer.
"It’s a great feeling," Isner said. "Actually, both my titlesthis year are the exact same titles I won last year. Defending a title is noteasy. There’s pressure on you coming into the tournament. So for me to do thatboth here at Winston-Salem and Newport should help me tremendously goingforward.
"I’m just absolutely thrilled. It was a very good match. It was anincredible atmosphere to play in out there. There were certainly some tensetimes all throughout the match. You know, at times it probably wasn’t theprettiest, but I was able to gut it out and I’m very, very proud of that. It’sa lot of fun to win in front of pretty much a 100 percent home crowd. That’swhat I had last year, and I had it again this year."
This was every bit as dramatic as Isner’s win over top-seeded Jo-WilfriedTsonga in Friday’s semifinals, when Isner also pulled out a third-settiebreaker. It gave him victories over two Top 10 players in two days headinginto next week’s US Open.
Coupled with a semifinal appearance at Toronto in his previous tournament – heskipped Cincinnati – he will ride a wave of confidence into Flushing Meadow.
"I’m heading into New York full of confidence," Isner said. "Ihave played well ever since my first-round loss at Wimbledon. I don’t know whatmy record is, I think I’ve only lost three matches. So I’m heading into NewYork feeling good about myself. Yeah, I’m a little bit tired, but I havThethird-set tiebreaker was full of momentum swings, and had a near-sellout crowdat the Harold and Mildred Southern Stadium court on the edge of their seats.
Isner had two mini-breaks early, but Berdych rallied to win four straightpoints and eventually led 6-5, serving for the match. Berdych had a backhandvolley to clinch the match, but missed into the net.
Back on serve at that point, each continued to win their serves until Isner gotthe final mini-break and claimed the title with a forehand winner down theline.
Berdych could only ponder what might have been on the errant backhand volley at 6-5.
"Well, there is probably not much to say about it," Berdych said."It was a point which I’m going to see for a long time. I try to forget itas fast as possible, so there’s not much to say."
"I was prepared to all-out dive if the ball got over the net," Isnersaid. "Look, I know I’m fortunate to win this match. It could have easilygone the other way. But I don’t know what to say. I always consider myself alucky guy and it happened again today.
"But no shots were really easy today because of the (windy) conditions. Itwas hard to get on top of the ball, it was moving pretty much everywhere. Soeven a routine shot there, it was not that easy, considering the circumstancesof the match point and the conditions. I was just happy to get into the pointand kinda scrapped it out and he made a mistake at the end on a ball heprobably normally makes. At that point, you just want to make him play."
Berdych, who came as a last-minute wildcard, had many good things to say aboutthe tournament and the Wake Forest Tennis Complex, and didn’t rule outreturning again next year. He acknowledged his disappointment in losing, andsaid he needed to get this loss out of his mind as quickly as possible headingto New York.
"Probably it couldn’t feel much worse, but that’s how it is and that’s thesituation," Berdych said. "I need to deal with it now and just try toput it out and go ahead. I won some matches and that was the goal when I comehere, so I was pretty successful. It will take some time but next week, Mondayor Tuesday, I’m starting in New York, so I won’t be thinking of the past."
Isner, who beat Martin Klizan, Jurgen Melzer and David Goffin in early rounds,wound up with 94 aces in his five matches.
In the doubles final, the team of Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky beattop-seeded Rohan Bopanna and Mariusz Fyrstenberg 6-3, 4-6, 10-2.
it was the final of the Winston-Salem Open 2012... better luck next time Tomas <3