American Sam Querrey booked his place in the Winston-Salem Open semifinal after defeating Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in a three set battle 7-5 4-6 7-6 (3) after 2 hours and 11 minutes.
4th seeded Dolgopolov, who beat Querrey in this year’s Washington semifinal (and then went on to win the title), dropped his serve twice in the first set. However, one break of serve for the Ukrainian in set two was sufficient to level the match at one set apiece. The American had a massive opportunity to close out the match when leading 5-4 and 40-0 on Dolgopolov’s serve, but failed to take it. Fortunately for him, this didn’t affect his game in the final stage of the match, and after taking the ‘breaker’ 7-3, he booked himself a semifinal ticket.
Querrey will play Czech Tomas Berdych next, who came back from a set down to eliminate Belgian Steve Darcis, winning 4-6 6-2 6-0. The no.2 seed struggled at the beginning of it, with a few unforced errors creeping into his game. Eventually, he managed to find his very best form and winning the last 9 games of the encounter, he stormed into the last 4 of this year’s tournament.
In the other semis, top seed Tsonga will square off against no.3 seed American Isner.