Adrian Mannarino did not elaborate. The 34-year-old Parisian won easily in the semi-finals of the Winston-Salem tournament against the number 2 seed, Botic van de Zandschulp (6-0, 6-4) Friday. The veteran will face in the final the Serbian Laslo Djere, 89th in the world, winner of the Swiss Marc-Andrea Huesler (7-6, 7-6).
Against the Batavian, 23rd in the ATP rankings, the Frenchman played his tennis in the first set, losing only two points on his face-off and breaking his opponent, who was renowned for his big serve (6-0), three times.
In a tighter second set, the Dutchman held his service games carefree despite a less effective face-off than usual (3 aces, 5 double faults). But at 4-4, he gave in on his second break point to defend, the 65th player in the world not being asked to conclude in stride (6-4).
It will now be a question for the Habs of improving a not very rosy statistic: it has lost 9 of its 10 finals played on the circuit. Only the grass of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 2019 smiled at the one who had not played in the final for almost two years (November 2020 in Astana).