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Nishikori beats del Potro to reach Citi Open quarterfinals Late Night Action at Citi Open
Spencer Simpson | 07 August, 2017, 00:51

The Indian qualifier lost in three sets 4-6 6-4 3-6 against 15th seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the quarter-finals played last night.

After saving a match point in the third set, Anderson got the win 6-3 6-7 (8) 7-6 (7) in just under three hours yesterday.

Anderson's power game is ideally suited to the super-slick centre court surface at Rock Creek Park that has officially been measured as faster than Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

Raonic will return to action Monday at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, where he will be the top Canadian competing. Notably, the latter entered the quarter-final after saving a match point to beat world number nine Dominic Thiem on Friday. "I have nothing to lose", said the 25-year-old Delhi lad. "If I would have served batter I could have saved it in the third set".

Ranked 200th in the world, Bhambri had previously defeated world no. 22 and defending champion Gael Monfils and Argentina's Guido Pella in the second and third round respectively to reach the quarters - his career-best run - of the ATP 500 event.

Highly-rated German and fifth seed Zverev was too good for Nishikori, triumphing 6-3 6-4 in Washington on Saturday. Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada topped Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7), 6-3, but fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria fell 6-4, 6-2 to Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation. Anderson sealed the win on his second match point.

The quarterfinal matchups are Anderson vs. Bhambri, Raonic vs. "Hopefully I can win a few more matches here".

Anderson is aware that it is both an opportunity and a challenge.

Eighth-seeded Jack Sock dumped Jared Donaldson 7-6 (6), 6-2 in an all-American matchup. He comes in and attacks.


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