Isner wins Winston-Salem over Benneteau
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — American John Isner defeated qualifier Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Saturday to win the Winston-Salem Open.
The native of nearby Greensboro overcame 34 unforced errors with 19 aces — the fastest was recorded at 139 mph — and won his second tournament of the year. He also won at Newport, R.I., in early July.
The 28th-ranked Isner, who will face Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the opening round of the U.S. Open, won his third pro title overall in his eighth final appearance.
The 113th-ranked Benneteau was playing in his ninth match of the tournament, having won three qualifying matches just to make the 32-player main draw. The 29-year-old knocked off three seeded players to make the fifth tournament final of his career.