Wu Yibing 1st Chinese player in ATP final at Dallas Open Sinner beats Cressy in Open Sud de France final Wolf ousts Tiafoe in Dallas Open quarters, Isner advances
DALLAS. Wu Yibing became the first Chinese player to reach the ATP Tour finals with a three-set win over top seeded American Taylor Fritz at the Dallas Open.
Wu will play John Isner, who also won by losing the first set and reached the final of the tournament in his hometown, defeating American JJ Wolfe.
Wu won 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-4 and survived all nine break points he faced, including five in the set and trailing 2-1 in the second. Fritz had 20 aces to Wu’s six, but Wu took two of his four break chances.
“I think it’s harder to win nine break points than it is to win a match again,” Wu said. “I just stayed patient because I know that I am very firmly stuck to the starting level, so there is no rush. When I have a break point, I go for big shots.”
Wu beat Fritz to take a 6-5 lead in the second set, then smashed eighth Fritz, the highest among the Americans, to take a 3-2 lead in the deciding set.
Fritz, who reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon but survived a disappointing second-round exit at the Australian Open, lost only once in the tournament before facing Wu.
Wu made history last summer as the first Chinese to reach the third round of the US Open in qualifying. The unseeded 23-year-old is in contention for his first title and Isner for his 17th.
Isner, who became the first player on the tour with 500 career quarter-final tiebreaker wins, outmaneuvered Wolf 3–6, 7–5, 7–6(4) to secure a spot in his 31st career final.
Isner, with a big serve for the first time in the tournament, was broken when Wolf took a 4-2 lead in the first set.
Isner overcame three break points at 2-2 in the second set, and Isner made a break to force the deciding set when Wolf made a double fault. Isner had 31 aces to Wolf’s 14 and saved seven of his eight break points.
“I saved a lot of break points with the throwbacks,” Isner said. “Without that, I would have been brushed off the court 6-3, 6-4. So, of course, I am very lucky to have this weapon in my pocket, and today I needed it completely.
The 24-year-old Wolf played in his second career semi-final after reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open, making him the 43rd best of his career.
Isner, who lives a few blocks from the venue on the SMU campus, reached the semi-finals of last year’s first Dallas Open, losing to eventual champion Reilly Opelka in a match that included the longest tiebreak in tour history (24-22).
MONTPLELIE, France. Yannick Sinner of Italy won his seventh singles title and first of the season by beating American Maxime Cressy 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the Open Sud de France final.
The second-place Italian went undefeated in a set en route to winning the tournament.
Sinner saved three break points in Game 4 before taking a 4–0 lead in the tie-break. He took the first set when Cressy landed a backhand.
Cressy, ranked 51st, was concerned about a right finger injury and needed treatment at 3-2 in both sets.
Sinner won the final three games as Cressy took her serve down 4-3, sending in a volley forehand before scoring another volley at match point.
Cressy won their only previous meeting, a Challenger Tour match in Lexington in 2019.
DALLAS. JJ Wolf took a three-set victory over No. 2 seed Frances Tiafoe and John Isner won his 500th career tiebreak in another straight Dallas Open quarter-final victory.
No. 1 seed Taylor Fritz beat No. 7 seed Marcos Giron 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3 in a rematch after last year’s Dallas Opener Quarterfinal, when Chiron won in three sets . hosted the first ATP Tour All-American Semi-Final since 2004.
In Dallas, there was no chance of replaying the four semi-finalists from the United States: in the last quarter-final, the Chinese Ibing Wu met with Adrian Mannarino from Italy, who took eighth place. Wu rolled to a 6-3, 6-4 win and will face Fritz.
Wolf, seeded No. 6, reached his second career semi-final by removing two break points in the deciding game of another All-American game to end the win 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 with his 11th ace to his credit. . second match point.
Wolf lost twice to Tiafoe, last year’s US Open semi-finalist, while having nine break points in the first set. The 24-year-old did not have another break point until the final game.
“Usually I don’t think about the result, so I just fed on the energy of the fans and played every point as hard as I could,” Wolf said.
Wolff’s opponent is fifth-seeded Incer, who returned to the semi-finals in his second year of the tournament in his hometown after a 7-6(8), 7-5 win over Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez, the unseeded 31-year-old son of 1990 French Open Champion Andres Gomez.
Isner is the first ATP Tour player to reach 500 tiebreak wins. Roger Federer is second with 466 points.
Isner and Gómez, who played in his first tour-level quarter-final, won all points on their tiebreaker service until Isner took a 9–8 lead on Gómez’s service before serving the first set.
Inser ended the match with a single break, and the big-serving American never had a break on serve in any of his three matches.
Fritz, the highest-ranked American at number 8, reached the semi-finals after a disappointing second-round exit at the Australian Open. The 25-year-old has won three titles in 2022 and reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon.
After losing the second set, Fritz interrupted Giron’s serve to give a 2-0 lead in the deciding set and stayed ahead from there.
It took Wu just 73 minutes to eliminate Mannarino’s journeymen and reach the ATP semi-finals for the first time.
Wu saved all three break points he faced, converting three out of four break chances against Mannarino.
Wu, 23, became the first Chinese to reach the third round of the US Open when he did so in qualifying last year. Having been injured for most of the 2019/20 season, Wu made it to the top 100 for the first time.