Mannanrino, Djere into final; doubles delayed

Numbers are irrelevant to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino. 

After saving four match points in his first round against an Australian qualifier Chris O’Connell, Mannarino has not dropped a set.

But, he has dropped four seeds on his way into the final: Emil Rusuuvuori [9], Albert Ramos-Vinolas [8], Maxime Cressy [4], and Friday night Botic van de Zandschulp [2].

Mannarino put on another dominating performance on his lefty serve winning more than 80% of those points. In fact, he leads the week in service games won (94%) and break points saved (84%).

The 34-year-old is also vying to become the oldest man to win the tournament.

“What can I say. I’m old. My body is not responding as well as it did when I was 20, but I’m moving well here and feeling good,” he said.

This is Mannarino’s first final since 2020.

The second match of the evening was another entertaining one for the night crowd in Winston-Salem. Laslo Djere of Serbia faced the Swiss qualifier Marc-Andrea Huesler.

In his three previous rounds, Huesler sent the 2021 runner up and finalist packing, and then saw no. 13 seed Jack Draper off in the quarterfinals.

Djere saved match points in his quarterfinal match up against Gasquet and needed three sets to get to this point in the week.

He needed ten match points to finish it in straight sets Friday night 7-6(3), 7-6(5) continuing to trust his feet and his forehand to get him to the final.

“I’m happy to get through this match. It was extremely tough. I’m glad to win and be in the finals, and so far it’s an amazing week for me,” Djere told the post-match crowd.

Earlier in the afternoon, though, lingering rain showers in the area forced tournament officials to delay the doubles final to complete singles matches during the allotted time.

The two pairings of Hugo Nys and Jan Zielinski and Matthew Ebden and Jamie Murray will fight it out for the trophy on Saturday afternoon at 2pm. The singles final will follow during a sold out session not before 5pm.