Winston – Salem, NC (Sports Network) - Local favorite John Isner was a round victor Wednesday at the inaugural $553,125 Winston-Salem Open, a final hardcourt tuneup for the U.S. Open.
The fourth-seeded 6-foot-9 Isner, who hails from nearby Greensboro, North Carolina, ripped 10 aces and held his serve throughout in topping 13th-seeded Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 at Wake Forest University.
Third-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (9-7) victory over 14th-seeded promising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, while ninth-seeded Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky topped fifth-seeded struggling Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-4 on Day 4.
Tenth-seeded Dutchman Robin Haase handled Canadian lucky-loser Pierre-Ludovic Duclos 6-4, 7-5. The big-hitting Haase, who captured his first career title in Austria three weeks ago, will meet Dolgopolov on Thursday.
The Winston-Salem champ will collect $74,630.