Anderson beats Herbert to win third ATP title
(Reuters) - Second seed Kevin Anderson used his powerful serve to end the unlikely run of qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert with a 6-4 7-5 victory in the final of the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina on Saturday.
One break in each set was enough for Anderson to clinch the third ATP title of his career and end a streak of losing seven straight finals.
The tall South African was broken only once in the entire tournament at Wake Forest University in a promising warm-up for the U.S. Open that starts on Monday.
Anderson, 29, has a mediocre record at Flushing Meadows where he has never made it to the round of 16.
He faces Russian teenager Andrey Rublev in the first round next week.
"I’ve been in a few finals and come up short which is always tough," a relieved Anderson told reporters.
"Each final is a different situation and for some reason it just hadn’t happened for me. Maybe it’s a bit of an added pressure to be the favorite coming into the final."
Anderson was in danger of dropping his serve against Herbert only once, in the fourth game of the second set, and saved four break points.
Herbert, ranked 140th in the world, was outclassed in the first set but played much better in the second before his serve was broken at 5-5. Continued...