WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – All six players announced to play the 2015 Winston-Salem Open competed at Wimbledon throughout the last week with David Goffin and Viktor Troicki advancing the farthest of the group.
Goffin, the No. 16-seed in the tournament, breezed through the first three rounds on the way to his best-ever finish at the All England Club by reaching the fourth round of the tournament. Goffin opened his run by topping each of his first three opponents in straight sets, starting with a 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-1 victory over Horacio Zeballos in the first round and a 7-6 (3), 6-1, 6-1 win over Liam Broady in the second round. In the third round, Goffin topped Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to advance into a fourth-round matchup with No. 4-seed Stan Wawrinka. Though falling to the reigning French Open champion in three sets, Goffin put up a tough fight in falling 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-4.
Like Goffin, Troicki also reached the fourth round but had a much bumpier road than Goffin. The No. 22-seed opened with a 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov and topped Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round. After beating Dustin Brown by the score of 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3 in the third round after Brown knocked off No. 10-seed Rafael Nadal, Troicki jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth round against Vasek Pospisil before losing the match in five sets, 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
Seeded No. 13 in the tournament, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced to the third round before falling to No. 23-seed Ivi Karlovic in four sets. After opening Wimbledon with a 7-6 (8), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 over Gilles Muller, Tsonga topped Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets by the score of 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. In losing to Karlovic, a one-point swing could have changed the outcome, as Tsonga dropped three tiebreakers along the way to lose the match 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6, (9).
Americans Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson each reached the second round, both dropping matches against players seeded in the top 11. In the first round, Querrey eased past Igor Sijsling 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 before dropping a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 decision to No. 2-seed Roger Federer. Johnson, who came from behind to top Lukas Lacko by the score of 6-3, 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 ran out of gas against No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov in falling 7-6 (8), 6-2, 7-6 (2).
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, the No. 29-seed in the tournament, was the only Winston-Salem Open commitment to not win a match, dropping a tight five-set affair to fellow countryman Pablo Andujar 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.
No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
First Round: def. Gilles Muller 7-6 (8), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Second Round: def. Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Third Round: loss to No. 23 Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (3), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6, (9)
No. 16 David Goffin
First Round: def. Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-1
Second Round: def. Liam Broady 7-6 (3), 6-1, 6-1
Third Round: def. Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
Fourth Round: loss to No. 4 Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7), 6-4
No. 22 Viktor Troicki
First Round: def. Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Second Round: def. Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
Third Round: def. Dustin Brown 6-4, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3
Fourth Round: loss to Vasek Pospisil 4-6, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
No. 29 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
First Round: loss to Pablo Andujar 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
First Round: def. Igor Sijsling 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
Second Round: loss to No. 2 Roger Federer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
First Round: def. Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Second Round: loss to No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (8), 6-2, 7-6 (2)
With the deadline to finalize the field for the 2015 Winston-Salem Open approaching, the full list of players scheduled to participate in next month’s tournament will be available in the coming weeks. Check back periodically for updates on players and other tournament information. Those interested in keeping up with the tournament can keep up to date by following the tournament on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Box seats and individual tickets to the Winston-Salem Open are available online at winstonsalemopen.com, by calling (336) 758-6409 or in person at the Wake Forest ticket office located at Bridger Field House at BB&T Field.
The Winston-Salem Open is offering discounts for groups of 10 or more, and tickets to first-round action begin at only $10. There will be no additional fees to the ticket price and parking will be free again this year.
About the Winston-Salem Open
The Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event with a total purse of more than $695,000, will take place from August 22-29, 2015, with qualifying set for August 22. The tournament will be the final men’s event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series and is the week prior to the US Open. For more information on the 2015 Winston-Salem Open, please go to WinstonSalemOpen.com.
About the Emirates Airline US Open Series
Now in its 12th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard court tennis, linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In 2014, Serena Williams won the US Open and Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s title for the second consecutive year, earning a record tennis paycheck of $4 million. Rafael Nadal (2013), Roger Federer (2007) and Kim Clijsters (2005) also accomplished the feat of winning the Emirates Airline US Open Series and US Open singles title within the same year.
About The ATP
The ATP is the governing body of the men's professional tennis circuits - the ATP World Tour, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP Champions Tour. With 62 tournaments in 31 countries, the ATP World Tour showcases the finest male athletes competing in the world’s most exciting venues. From Australia to Europe and the Americas to Asia, the stars of the 2014 ATP World Tour will battle for prestigious titles and Emirates ATP Rankings points at ATP World Tour Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, as well as Grand Slams (non ATP events). At the end of the season only the world’s top 8 qualified singles players and doubles teams will qualify to compete for the last title of the season at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Held at The O2 in London, the event will officially crown the 2015 ATP World Tour No.1 presented by Emirates. For more information, please visit ATPWorldTour.com.