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Adrian Mannarino wins Winston-Salem Open

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Aug 10, 2022; Montreal, QC, Canada; Adrian Mannarino (FRA) hits a forehand against Jannik Sinner (ITA) (not pictured) in second round play at IGA Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Frenchman Adrian Mannarino earned a straight-sets victory over Laslo Djere of Serbia on Saturday in the final of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Open to become the oldest champion in tournament history.

The 34-year-old toppled Djere 7-6 (1), 6-4 to put his name in the record books. Austria’s Jurgen Melzer, who was the 32 years old when he won the event in 2013, was previously the oldest champion.

After a closely contested first set, Mannarino overcame Djere’s five aces in the second by winning 11 of 13 first-serve points (84.6 percent) and all nine second-serve points. Djere held leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, but Mannarino always had an answer.

With the win, Mannarino moved up 20 spots in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings. He now sits at No. 45.

–Field Level Media