French tennis player Adrien Mannarino beat Laslo Djere of Serbia 7:6 and 6:4 in the finals at Winston-Salem. The 34-year-old Frenchman became the oldest winner in the tournament’s history and won the title three years later.
“I wasn’t expecting this. Especially after the first game,” Mannarino, who saved four match points in the opening round, told the ATP website. After that, he didn’t drop a set en route to his second career title.
“I came here to play a few games here before the start of the US Open. Mannarino, who last played in the final two years ago, added of course I am glad I did so much more.
Mannarino, who won his first title on grass at Hertogenbosch in 2019, became the oldest winner in championship history at Winston-Salem. He beat the previous record holder, Austrian Jürgen Melzer, by two years.
“But it’s not very important to me. I’m happy to win the title regardless of who wins before me and who succeeds after me,” said Mannarino, who now faces Dutchman Gijs Breuer in the first round of the US Open.
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