WINSTON-SALEM: Second-seed Jurgen Melzer went down 7-5, 6-3 to Russian Igor Andreev at the ATP Winston-Salem and has now lost in all three of his starts on the North American hardcourts. “It was a tough match, a tough first set,” said Melzer. “At 5-5 I’d lots of break points but couldn’t convert them. At the moment I’m not winning the important points. If you can’t do that then you can’t win matches. Frenchman Julien Benneteau defeated Brazil’s Ricardo Mello 6-1, 6-3 while American qualifier Michael Russell beat Adrian Mannarino of France 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 24th, 2011.