Johnson To Face Carreno Busta In Winston-Salem Semi-Finals

Steve Johnson (photo: Winston-Salem Open)

WINSTON-SALEM, August 24, 2018

The semi-finals of the Winston-Salem Open are set. 2016 champion Pablo Carreno Busta defeated No. 6 seed Hyeon Chung of South Korea 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday afternoon.

The tournament’s No. 2 from Spain capitalized on four of his five break point chances to advance in one hour and 20 minutes. Carreno Busta will face Steve Johnson next. The 28-year-old US-American eased past third seeded Briton Kyle Edmund 6-1, 6-2. The encounter only lasted 64 minutes.

“I think it was my best serving day in a long time so that’s always helpful, and when you get early breaks in both sets that definitely helps your case. Your confidence builds and maybe the doubt in their game maybe creeps up a bit more,” Johnson said.

Taro Daniel came back from a set down to overcome Nicolás Jarry of Chile. The World No. 76 from Japan withstood 11 aces and won 53 per cent of the total points played to secure a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory in one hour and 46 minutes.

Next up for Daniel will be Daniil Medvedev from Russia, who beat US-American Ryan Harrison 7-6(4), 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes.