John Isner saved 3 match point to defend his Winston-Salem Open title, defeating Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(9).
“Itâ€™s a great feeling, ” said Isner. “Both my titles this year are the exact same titles I won last year. Defending a title is not easy. Thereâ€™s pressure on you coming into the tournament so I think for me to do that, at both Newport and here in Winston-Salem, it should help me a lot going forward in the coming years. Iâ€™m absolutely thrilled.”
“It was a very good match, an incredible atmosphere. It was a lot of fun to play out there. There were certainly some tense times all throughout the match. At times probably wasnâ€™t the prettiest of tennis, but I was able to gut it out and am very, very proud of that.”
“Last year it served me very well. I won here and made the [US Open] quarter-finals, lost to Andy Murray in a very tough match. Iâ€™m heading to New York filled with confidence. Iâ€™ve played very well since my first round loss at Wimbledon. Iâ€™ve only lost three matches, so Iâ€™m heading into New York feeling good about myself.”
Berdych was gracious in defeat. “I hope itâ€™s going to be enough time to put this match from my mind and keep all those matches before – and those before were pretty good,” noted Berdych. “Even this one was not bad until the end. It just happens. I won a couple of matches, which was the goal and the [reason] why I wanted to come here. I made it pretty successful, but still one I was missing, so it will take some time. Next week, already Monday or Tuesday, Iâ€™m starting in New York so itâ€™s not much time to think on the past but to be ready for whatâ€™s happening there.”