Jurgen Melzer of Austria advanced to the Finals of the Winston-Salem Open on the heels of a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win against Sam Querrey on Friday.
Melzer looked very sharp early in the first set with solid baseline play and was able to handle Querrey's big serve. He broke the American early and made a number of impressive winners and shots in general. Querrey could not work his way back into the set as Melzer appeared to have an answer for everything in the set.
At the start of the second, the pro Querrey crowd tried to rally the 6th seed and he responded with his signature big serve. But once again, Melzer was able to tame that serve and broke to go to 2-1 in the set. Unlike the first set, Querrey caught a spark and broke the Austrian right back.
Querrey followed up that break with a late one and took the second set 6-4 with ominous weather approaching.
In the third set, Melzer was able to return to the play that fueled his solid first set and gained a break to go up 2-1. Despite 12 aces by Querrey, Melzer was able to handle his serve and force the American into a baseline game. There, Melzer's consistent play gave him the advantage. He closed out the match at 6-3 in the third, just before the rains came.
The Austrian seemed pleased with his play for the most part, "I've been serving well, and my ground strokes have been getting better from match to match," said Melzer
Melzer had a solid run at Wimbledon and has played well of late, Despite a winless record (0-4) against Gael Monfils, Saturday's final should be a very competitive match.