Late Night Action at Citi Open

Hope Soto
August 7, 2017

Nishikori, victor of this tournament in 2015, prevailed 6-4, 7-5 in 1 hour, 49 minutes at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington.

In his post-match interview, Thiem said: "I don't like to play big servers in general".

" I have practiced with him before but that was a few years ago". Even though the Indian scored just one ace against his opponent's eight aces in the set, he had a clear edge on the first serve, winning 16 out of 17 points as compared to Anderson's 12.

The Austrian then captured the next two points of the tiebreak to level the match at one set apiece and send the contest into an exciting decider.

Thiem staved off defeat the first time after an 11-stroke rally culminated with a whipped forehand victor into the corner that Anderson could only watch helplessly as it whistled past. At 5-6, Thiem had a match point, but would not be able to convert. But Thiem was broken in the 10th game while serving for the match. "Hopefully I can win a few more matches here". "If I would have served better I could have saved it in the third set".

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Anderson didn't want to waste a challenge over the call though and Thiem would concede the point.

"It feels great. It's great to get another match win", Anderson said. Rohan Bopanna and American partner Donald Young further lost 5-7, 4-6 to fourth seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the men's doubles quarter-final, ending India's campaign at the tournament.

Canadian Milos Raonic fell in the Citi Open quarterfinals on Friday, losing in straight sets to Jack Sock of the U.S.

Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori played Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in an after-midnight matchup of past Washington champions.

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