Melzer won five titles in his career, it’s the biggest one, and quite intriguing: the 30-year-old Austrian  was three points away from defeat in the first round, two points away in the second round, then in the quarter-final & final he beat in straight sets the best servers experimenting with his pre-return position a lot – Melzer saved a set point in both those matches vs Isner & Raonic. The final he actually could lose in straight sets, because he trailed *4:5 (15/30) in the 1st set, and *1:4 in the 2nd. Later on there was 4:5 (0/30), and on the set point for Raonic , Melzer forced a backhand error.
The U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships belong to the oldest tennis tournaments, having changed its location a few times. The tournament has been held in Memphis since 1977 and enjoyed a very prestigious status throughout the 80s & 90s. In the 21st Century the event was losing its prestige though, year by year the draw becoming weaker & weaker. Melzer’s victory marks Memphis as an ATP 500 event the next to last time, but the draw looked lousy that year – the same week two ATP 250 events (Marseille & Buenos Aires) had stronger fields.
Melzer’s route to his 4th title:
1 Denis Istomin 6-7(2), 6-3, 7-6(4)
2 Ivan Dodig 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
Q John Isner 6-3, 7-6(6)
S Radek Stepanek 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
W Milos Raonic 7-5, 7-6(4)
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