Rosol beats Lu in three sets to advance to Winston-Salem Open finals

Associated Press  |  Last updated August 22, 2014
  Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic advanced to the finals of the Winston-Salem Open on Friday after beating Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the final tuneup for next week's US Open. Rosol, seeded seventh, will take on the winner of Friday's second semifinal between Sam Querrey of the U.S. and Poland's Jerzy Janowicz on Saturday at the Wake Forest Tennis Center. ''I've been trying to get ready for the hard-court season, but the practice matches were no good for me,'' said Rosol, who should crack the top 30 in the world rankings for the first time after Friday's win. ''But I'm happy with my results this week. I hope I'm not finished yet.'' Rosol took a key service break from Lu to go up 5-4 in the third set, then saved three break points to serve out the match and advance to his third ATP Tour tournament final this year. ''All the games were pretty tough,'' said Rosol, who made it to the semifinals after top-seed John Inner of the U.S. withdrew Thursday because of a sprained ankle. ''On my serve, there was a couple times when I went down 30-love and came back. There was a time when (Lu) went down 40-love on his serve and came back. ''It was always up and down, so we had to stay with our mind on the court and stay focused all the time.'' Lu, who had beaten Rosol in their only previous meeting last year in Thailand, twice had chances to put away Friday's match early. He used a service break to go up 4-1 in the first set before Rosol rallied, and nearly blew a 5-2 advantage in the second set before winning the set. ''It was a very close match,'' said Lu, who was playing in his third semifinal match this year. ''We both had many, many chances. There's nothing to complain about, but if I had done better on some points, the score would have turned to my side.''
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