North Carolina: French qualifier Julien Benneteau broke down in bitter tears after losing to hometown hero John Isner 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Saturday's final of the ATP Winston-Salem Open.
The Frenchman, ranked 113th, fell to 0-5 in ATP career finals but dreamed of breaking his title duck at age 29 after fighting through qualifying matches last weekend just to earn a spot in the field of the last US Open tuneup event.
"I can't help but show my emotions," said the disappointed runner-up. "I went into this match with nothing to lose. I was going for every shot but it was not enough. It was a final. It meant a lot."