Lukas Rosol denied Jerzy Janowicz a perfect end to his remarkable week on the professional tour following a victory in the final of the Winston-Salem Open on Saturday afternoon. He defeated Janowicz 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 to lift his second title on the ATP World Tour.
The Polish No. 1 suffered a slow start to the match and allowed Rosol to snatch a 2-0 lead after less than 10 minutes of court time. Janowicz would rebound with five consecutive games before closing out the set 6-3 in 36 minutes. Following his sloppy start to the match, Janowicz was able to save the other two break points he faced on serve and won 14/20 points on first serve to maintain the two-break lead over Rosol.
The second set featured a noticeable increase in the quality of action from both players, as they remained on serve through 10 games to 5-5 before Rosol was even threatened on his own service game. Rosol fended off three break point opportunities to give himself the 6-5 lead and maintain the pressure on his opponent. A few minutes later and the two were locked into a tiebreaker that Rosol dominated 7-3 to send the match to a deciding set.
It was a close set that saw high-level tennis from both, but it was Rosol who played the cleaner shots on the crucial points and refrained from committing ridiculous errors off dropshots like Janowicz did.
The third set was another close affair between the two competitors, and saw Rosol save Championship point at 4-5 down, before storming past Janowicz to win the next three straight games to close out the match 7-5 in the third.
“[Players] can make a comeback, whatever the score,” Janowicz said. “[Rosol] served well. Losses happen. This is not my first – and hopefully will not be my last – final. I’m looking forward to the next tournament. I am playing well. I had a great week here in Winston-Salem,”
Rosol earned $80,280 and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points for his efforts on Saturday.
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