American Sam Querrey advanced to the semifinals of the Winston-Salem Open by defeating Ricardas Berankis, 6-3, 6-4. He will face Jurgen Melzer who defeated DmitryTursunov under the lights, 6-4, 6-3.
In a match that lasted just over an hour, fan favorite Querrey was solid for most of the night. "I thought I played well, the best I've played so far...I had that mental lapse in the second set, but I was fortunate there. I can't afford to have that happen tomorrow, but all around it was pretty good. I've gotten a little better in each match, and I hope I can be even better tomorrow."
The lone American left in the field had 10 aces on the night but did struggle briefly in the second set as the two traded breaks of service in four consecutive games.
But it was Querrey finishing strong and advancing with a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
Querrey will play Jurgen Melzer of Austria, the 9th seed. Melzer defeated unseeded Dmitry Tursunov. In a match that was delayed by rain, Melzer found himself in a nice groove from the baseline. The 32nd ranked player in the world was strong with his return of service against the big server, breaking him 4 times.
After a strong run at Wimbledon, Melzer has had climbed the rankings and hopes to continue his climb by finishing strong at Wake Forest and into the U.S. Open. "I felt like I hit the ball well, a lot better than I did the first two rounds." said Melzer. With both Querrey and Melzer having improved each round, it sets up nicely between them in the semifinals on Friday.
Gael Monfils and Alexandr Dolgopolov will start the semis off at 3:00p.m. They will be followed by the Querrey-Melzer match which will no earlier than 6:30p.m. Both matches are nationally televised.