One more ATP World Tour match remains ahead of the US Open and it’s the final of the 2014 Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina on Saturday.
Two big hitters take centre stage, which is no surprise given the conditions here at Wake Forest University, but it’s a little surprising that Lukas Rosol and Jerzy Janowicz are the two in question.
Janowicz helped to land my best bet of Friday when he and Sam Querrey went past the overs mark in the expected three-set battle.
The weather may have a part to play in this one, with thunderstorms expected for most of the afternoon and evening in Winston-Salem today and this could be one of those on-off affairs.
Lukas Rosol vs Jerzy Janowicz
If you’re not put off by the very nature of the contenders in this final I’d be surprised, with two highly inconsistent and unreliable sorts doing battle for the title from 17:30 UK time, weather permitting.
Rosol actually managed to produce a slightly more controlled display than his usual hit or miss stuff in edging Yen Hsun Lu in their semi last night in a match with very little to choose between the pair.
Lu and Rosol both scored 101 points and the Czech was just a little stronger mentally when it came to the crunch and the fact that he’d only played four and a bit sets this week going into that match probably helped in the decider there.
Last year in the final of Winston-Salem we saw a retirement and the fact that Janowicz had a medical timeout last night would have to be a slight concern with New York just days away for the Pole and his backers.
It’s hard to make an assessment on the Janowicz/Querrey match, save to say it was the expected mess, and JJ saved 16 of the 20 break points he faced in continuing Querrey’s bad run in semi finals.
The Janowicz second serve was being punished by the American and he only managed seven aces in three sets, compared to Querrey’s 18, which indicates perhaps a lack of power in the JJ arm.
But the deciding factor really was another Querrey choke, with Big Sam serving for the match in set two before losing four straight games, then doing something similar again from *4-3 up in the decider.
JJ’s MTO was for his left foot and it all makes today’s final a very tough one to call, but both should be very keen to land this title now.
Rosol has just the one ATP World Tour title to his name and none on hard courts, while JJ has zero tour level titles as yet, so it should, in theory, be a keenly contested heat with plenty of ups and downs expected from both.
No completed final here in Winston-Salem has ever been decided in fewer than 23 games, with most going to deciders, and the over 23.5 total games looks good again here, injury notwithstanding, at 2.00.
Back over 23.5 total games at 2.00