WINSTON-SALEM, August 27, 2017
Roberto Bautista Agut captured his second title of the season, beating first-time finalist Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzogovina 6-4, 6-4 to win the Winston-Salem Open crown.
The 29-year-old Spaniard fell in the Winston-Salem final last year to compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, but he came through on the big stage on Saturday to match his career-best season in titles won.
Bautista Agut, who won the Aircel Chennai Open in January, also hoisted two trophies last year and in 2014. He now has six career crowns.
“I’m so happy; It’s been a great week. I didn’t drop a set and I played very good tennis… It was a tough final. He’s playing very smart, he changes the rhythm and plays very tricky. I was very focused and very solid,” Bautista-Agut said.
“I wanted to make the final and get the title, so it’s been a fantastic week for me. It’s been a great year for me.”
— Roberto BautistaAgut (@BautistaAgut) 27. August 2017
Dzumhur is the first player from Bosnia-Herzogovina to reach an ATP World Tour final. Saturday’s final was his 11th match in the past 12 days. He played in the final of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Santo Domingo last weekend. Dzumhur lost to Victor Estrella Burgos.
“Best week for me so far. I really enjoyed playing in Winston-Salem. It was an unexpected good week for me and definitely one that I will always remember,” Dzumhur was pleased.
Rojer/Tecau Take Doubles Crown
Second seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau completed a near perfect run through the Winston-Salem Open to win their third doubles title as a team this season. On Saturday, the Dutchman-Romanian pairing beat Julio Peralta of Chile and Argentine Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 6-4 and have now won 15 team crowns.
Rojer and Tecau dropped only 19 games this week. To make the title even more special. Rojer celebrated his 36th birthday on Friday.
“It’s a nice birthday gift of course. But I was not going to let that result determine if I have a good day or not. I was going to enjoy it anyways, and I’m just happier, of course, that we won… We had a good week and did a lot of good things in preparation for New York,” Rojer told.
“Every tournament that you win, it’s special… We really had a good time. Tough conditions. There were some hot days, some humid days, and we managed to play some good tennis in those conditions, and it’s another great week for us,” Tecau added.