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Kohlschreiber To Face Sousa In Kitzbühel Final

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 4:03am

Philipp Kohlschreiber will attempt to lift his second Generali Open trophy on Saturday in his hometown of Kitzbühel. The German will look to add to his 2015 crown against Portugal’s Joao Sousa in the final.

Sousa will take a 2-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head lead into the final, but the pair has never met on clay. Kohlschreiber did beat Sousa 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle two months ago.

The 33-year-old Kohlschreiber booked his spot in a 17th ATP World Tour title match after he knocked out second-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-3 in 90 minutes on Friday afternoon. Kohlschreiber, who broke serve four times, is now 6-2 lifetime against last week’s J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad champion.

"I'm happy with how I played today," said Kohlschreiber. "I returned extremely well and Fabio was maybe a little bit less aggressive than usual. Kitzbühel feels very special to me since I live here and I get a lot of support from the crowd."

Kohlschreiber finished runner-up to #NextGenATP Croatian Borna Coric in April at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech and his seventh – and last trophy – came in May 2016 at the BMW Open by FWU in Munich (d. Thiem).

Joao Sousa ended the run of World No. 157 and #NextGenATP Austrian wild card Sebastian Ofner, who hit 10 aces, 7-6(4), 7-6(4) in just under two hours. Sousa won six of the first seven points in the first set tie-break.

"It was a great atmosphere today, it almost felt like a Davis Cup tie," said Sousa. "I'm extremely happy to be in the final. I wanted to come here for many years and it's great I finally made it this year."

The 28-year-old Sousa, who finished runner-up to Jack Sock in the ASB Classic final in January, is 2-6 lifetime in ATP World Tour finals, with his last trophy coming in November 2015 at Valencia (l. to Bautista Agut).

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Cuevas/Duran Through To Doubles Final
Fourth seeds Pablo Cuevas and Guillermo Duran edged past Max Mirnyi and Philipp Oswald 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 in 77 minutes for a place in the doubles final. The duo will face Hans Podlipnik-Castillo and Andrei Vasilevski, who will both appear in their first ATP World Tour final, on Saturday.

Cuevas has a 7-8 record in team finals, with a 2-1 record this year, including title runs at the Rio Open presented by Claro (w/Carreno Busta) and the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (w/Bopanna). Duran is perfect in finals with a 3-0 mark, including the recent Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag (w/Molteni).

Later in the day, Podlipnik-Castillo and Vasilevski knocked out Julian Knowle and Matwe Middelkoop 7-5, 3-6, 10-7 in 76 minutes. Knowle and Middelkoop led 4-2 in the first set.

Sock Slides Into Backhand Hot Shot Washington 2017

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 3:20am
Watch as Jack Sock hustles to reach this backhand hot shot at the Citi Open in Washington, DC. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Photo: Mike Lawrence.

Nishikori Anderson In Washington 2017 Thursday Highlights

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 2:52am
Watch Thursday highlights from the Citi Open, featuring Kei Nishikori versus Juan Martin del Potro and Kevin Anderson playing Dominic Thiem, plus Milos Raonic and Jack Sock. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Peter Staples/Citi Open

Nishikori Discusses del Potro Win At Washington 2017

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 2:42am
Kei Nishikori reacts to his third-round victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Thursday at the Citi Open. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Nishikori Prevails In Late Show Against Del Potro

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 2:31am

Kei Nishikori has been burning the midnight oil this week at the Citi Open. After an opening-round win over Donald Young that ended after 1:30am, his Thursday match against 13th seed Juan Martin del Potro spilled into Friday. The 2015 champion hit his final ball of the night at 2:00am local time to reach the quarter-finals over the Argentine 6-4, 7-5.

"It was a very tight game and we played great tennis in the second set," said Nishikori. "I was dominating my service games and very happy with my tennis today."

The Japanese player went into the match trailing del Potro 1-5 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head, but was in firm control throughout much of the contest. However, it appeared the match would head to a decider after del Potro rallied from 2-4 in the second set, going on a three-game run and holding three set points on Nishikori's serve at 5-4. But the Japanese player dug deep, going on a three-game run of his own to prevail in one hour and 49 minutes.

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Next up for Nishikori is wild card and #NextGenATP American Tommy Paul, who rallied from a set down to topple 11th seed Gilles Muller 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 54 minutes. Paul got revenge for his loss to Muller just one week ago in the BB&T Atlanta Open quarter-finals, in which he only managed to win four games. Paul was ranked No. 400 in the Emirates ATP Rankings two months ago, but will move comfortably inside the Top 200 when the newest standings are released on Monday.

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Another #NextGenATP player, Russian Daniil Medvedev, continued his outstanding season by toppling fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2. The 21 year old was fearless against the World No. 11, winning 80 per cent of his first-serve points and controlling most of the baseline rallies to advance in 63 minutes. Medvedev also had a high-profile win this year at Wimbledon, where he took out Stan Wawrinka in the opening round.

Awaiting Medvedev in the next round is fifth seed Alexander Zverev, who prevailed at 1:49am over Tennys Sandgren 7-5, 7-5. Zverev won his lone FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with Medvedev this past September in St. Petersburg.

“I want to sleep right now,” joked Zverev after the match. “It was tough to get into a rhythm, but I think we played a great match in the end.”

Anderson Reflects On Thiem Epic At Washington 2017

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 1:26am
Kevin Anderson discusses recovering from a 3-5 deficit in the deciding set and saving one match point against Dominic Thiem on Thursday at the Citi Open.

Berdych Survives Mannarino In Los Cabos

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 10:31pm

Top seed Tomas Berdych survived a scare on Thursday at Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Mifel presentado por Cinemex, rallying from 1-4 down in the final set to reach the quarter-finals over Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Czech player is continuing to build on his semi-final run at Wimbledon as he bids for his first ATP World Tour title of the season.

“It was a good test for me because he was really playing well and I had to fight for every point. You appreciate these matches more than winning easily,” said Berdych. “I just had to stay patient and keep believing in myself.”

Mannarino, who reached the final in Antalya this past June (l. Sugita), appeared poised to reach his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the season. But with the match on the Frenchman’s racquet, Berdych used his experience to win the final five games and advance in two hours and seven minutes.

Next up for Berdych is Thanasi Kokkinakis, who prevailed in an all-#NextGenATP battle with American Taylor Fritz 7-6(5), 6-2. The win puts Kokkinakis into his first ATP World Tour semi-final. The 21-year-old was sidelined from singles competition for 18 months with a laundry list of injuries, but returned to singles action this past May. In just his fourth tournament back, he defeated Milos Raonic at the Aegon Championships.

"This week has been great," said Kokkinakis. "I obviously got through a couple of tough matches in the first two rounds, which is good to get through for the confidence, then I think I played my best match of the week today. It was neck and neck in the first set, but I was able to hang tough in the tie-break, then I opened up in the second set, got on top of him and was able to play a little more freely.

"It's going to be tough [against Berdych],” he added. We've practised a few times together and we get along pretty well off the court. It's obviously going to be a tough match. I'm going try and do what I do well and it should be a good match."

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Another Wimbledon semi-finalist this year, second seed Sam Querrey, rounded into form with an impressive 6-1, 6-3 quarter-final win over Frenchman Vincent Millot.

“I felt like I played aggressive and did everything right, so that felt good,” said Querrey. “It’s going to get tougher from here, but if I play like I did tonight, I’ll have a good shot.”

The 31-year-old Millot already enjoyed a career-best week in reaching his first ATP World Tour quarter-final. However, he struggled to find answers to the American’s big serving. Querrey didn’t face a break point as he advanced in exactly one hour.

The match was a swift turnaround for Querrey, who needed a final-set tie-break on Wednesday to defeat American qualifier Evan King. Querrey has already enjoyed success this year in Mexico, defeating Rafael Nadal in March to take the title in Acapulco.

Awaiting Querrey in the semi-finals is Damir Dzumhur, who saved three match points to topple fourth seed Feliciano Lopez 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-6(2). Dzumhur squandered a 5-3 lead in the deciding set, but Lopez missed the trio of match points on his serve at 6-5. Dzumhur moves into his first ATP World Tour semi-final of the season.

Cabal/Huey Advance To Final Four

Second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Treat Huey moved into the semi-finals over Blaz Kavcic and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 7-5, 6-3. They'll play fourth seeds Purav Raja and Divij Sharan after the Indian duo defeated Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak 6-3, 6-4.

Third seeds Marc Lopez and David Marrero enjoyed a comfortable 6-4, 6-4 win over wild cards Matthew Ebden and Manuel Sanchez. Awaiting them in the semi-finals will be Sergio Galdos and Roberto Maytin, who outlasted Jonathan Erlich and Andreas Siljestrom 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 10-7 in one hour and 53 minutes.

When Zverev Gets Ahead, He Steps On It

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 10:04pm

Flashback to 20 July 2015, and you find 18-year-old Alexander Zverev No. 123 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. His potential was obvious but yet to be fully realised.

Fast forward two years to 31 July 2017, and you discover that the now 20-year-old German has skyrocketed to No. 8 in the world. He is now the real deal, and what’s scary is that his potential is still largely unearthed. He is still adding muscle to his 6’6” frame, still putting the subtleties of strategy together, and still discovering what really matters when push comes to shove under the bright lights.

Look out world when this jigsaw comes together. The discussion about Zverev rising to No. 1 in the world is largely about when – not if.

An Infosys ATP Beyond The Numbers analysis of his rapid rise up the Emirates ATP Rankings since the beginning of the 2015 season uncovers a player who is improving in all areas of his game, but especially making the most of his opportunities when he gets ahead in the score when returning.

Percentage Breaking Serve From Specific Point Scores

Point Score: Opponent Serving

2015

2016

2017

0/15

36%

40%

39%

0/30

56%

62%

67%

15/30

40%

47%

45%

0/40

81%

85%

94%

15/40

74%

69%

84%

30/40

61%

63%

67%

As a natural result of his improved return game, Zverev is ranked third on tour in 2017 in converting break points, at 46 per cent (141/347). That’s better than recognised returners such as Novak Djokovic (45 per cent), Kei Nishikori (44 per cent), Rafael Nadal (42 per cent) and Roger Federer (41 per cent).

These numbers are significant on a number of levels, but particularly because a player of Zverev's height (6’6”) is naturally suited to be more proficient serving than returning. He is basically just as good at both.

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Zverev is 15th on the ATP Stats Serve LEADERBOARD, powered by Infosys Nia Data, during the past 52 weeks, and 18th returning. Only Federer and Nadal place in the Top 20 in both categories in 2017. That’s the kind of company Zverev is keeping and how well rounded his game really is.

What’s also fascinating is that Zverev’s improved return metrics in 2017 over the previous two years are coming against much tougher opposition standing on the other side of the net. His average opponent rating this season is less than half of what it was in 2015, but he is putting up stronger numbers across the board.

Alexander Zverev – Average Opponent Ranking

2017 = 49

2016 = 66

2015 = 130

The rest of the 2017 season is set to be a steep upward curve for Zverev’s game as well, since he has only 14 per cent of his points to defend for the rest of the year. Almost every tournament will be an opportunity to add points and keep climbing up through the Top 10.

Anderson Saves M.P. To Topple Top Seed Thiem

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 6:24pm

In a thrilling third-round battle whose finish was delayed by rain and numerous shifts in momentum, 15th seed Kevin Anderson saved a match point in the final-set tie-break to prevail in a wild contest over top seed Dominic Thiem on Thursday at the Citi Open 6-3, 6-7(6), 7-6(7).

“It feels great. I’ve worked really hard and committed myself to playing the kind of tennis I want to play. I could do that on the practice court and sometimes struggled to bring it to the match court, but now I’m succeeding with that more often,” said Anderson. “Obviously each day presents a new challenge, but I look forward to each one and I’m much more confident overall.”

Anderson appeared to have the match on his racquet at 6/5 in the second-set tie-break, but Thiem erased a match point with a huge forehand winner and went on to force a decider. The Austrian nearly completed a dramatic comeback, but failed to convert on a chance to serve out the match at 5-4 in the final set.

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The match fittingly went right down to the wire, with Anderson hitting a booming serve to erase a match point at 5/6 in the deciding-set tie-break. Thiem fought off another match point at 6/7, but the South African finally came out on top after two hours and 46 minutes.

Anderson boosts his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Thiem to 6-0, with all of their meetings coming on hard-courts. The 31 year old is through to his second ATP World Tour semi-final of the season after achieving that feat on red clay this past May in Estoril.

Next up for Anderson is qualifier Yuki Bhambri, who continued his dream run by defeating Guido Pella 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1. The 25 year old from India, currently No. 200 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is through to his first quarter-final since Chennai in January 2014.

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Third seed Milos Raonic moved closer to a second Citi Open title by saving a pair of set points en route to a tight 7-6(7), 6-4 win over Marcos Baghdatis to reach the quarter-finals. 

"I don't know if his game has changed so much since we played last [in 2012], but I'm a more efficient player with my return game," said Raonic. "I take advantage of those second-serve opportunities and stay sharp on my serve as always. I've picked up a lot of experience over the years and dealt well with those difficult situations."

Both men held serve throughout the first set, but Baghdatis was unable to convert on  a 6/4 lead in the tie-break. The Canadian fought back to grab the early advantage on his second set point at 8/7. Raonic rode the momentum through the remainder of the match, breaking Baghdatis twice in the second set to advance in one hour and 31 minutes. He improved his FedEx ATP Head2Head over Baghdatis to 3-1. Raonic also saved two set points in the second set of his opening-round win on Wednesday against Nicolas Mahut

Next up for Raonic is eighth seed Jack Sock, who advanced in an all-American battle with #NextGenATP American Jared Donaldson 7-6(6), 6-2. Sock’s match was nearly identical to Raonic’s, saving a pair of set points at 4/6 in the first-set tie-break before going on to control the remainder of the match. He boosts his FedEx ATP Head2Head against Donaldson to 2-0, with the other win coming this past March at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami.

“My serve helped me a lot today. I was allowed to get a lot of free points, or at least set up the forehand and be aggressive with the first ball,” said Sock. “This is my favourite time of the year, playing in front of home fans finally.”

Raonic leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head with Sock 8-2 and won their lone meeting at the Citi Open in 2014. Sock saved two match points to take their most recent match this past October at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. They were scheduled to compete this February in the Delray Beach Open final, but Raonic withdrew before taking the court due to a hamstring tear in his right leg.

Rafa Eyes No. 1 In Montreal After Murray Withdrawal

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:23pm

Rafael Nadal's path to No. 1 became a lot simpler with the withdrawal of Andy Murray from the Coupe Rogers in Montreal on Thursday. Nadal needs to reach the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament to return to the top spot in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

The 31-year-old Spaniard was last No. 1 in June 2014. He has spent a total of 141 weeks at No. 1.

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Murray, who's recovering from a hip injury, has reigned at No. 1 for 39 weeks. Last November, he became the 26th player and first British male to reach No. 1 in the history of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since 23 August 1973).

“Sadly I’ve had to withdraw from Montreal, it’s a tournament that I have a lot of great memories from. I’m working hard as I can to get back on the court as soon as possible,” Murray said.

Roger Federer also remains in contention for No. 1 during the U.S. summer, but the Swiss can't get there in Canada.

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SkiStar Swedish Open 2017 Uncovered

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 3:21pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot goes behind the scenes of the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad as they celebrated their 70th anniversary.

Croatia's Rising Star Coric Uncovered 2017

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 2:42pm
ATP World Tour Uncovered presented by Peugeot travels to Croatia to explore where #NextGenATP star Borna Coric's tennis career started and how far he's come since then.

New Coach, New Game Plan For Sock In Washington

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 2:31pm
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Name the scenario, and Jack Sock probably used it to attack the net during his opening match at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.

He came forward on booming first serves and bouncy second offerings, after heavy forehands and skidding returns. The eighth-seeded American sprinted to the centre 21 times, winning 15 of those attempts, or more than 70 per cent, against the big-serving Marius Copil of Romania, who came forward only 12 times.

The aggressive style of play has gained new emphasis for Sock, who recently changed coaches. After working with Troy Hahn for three successful years, the 24 year old now works with Jay Berger, formerly the head of men's tennis for USTA Player Development.

Berger, who stepped down from his role in June after 15 years with the USTA, enjoyed a successful playing career before turning to coaching. The New Jersey native reached No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and won three ATP World Tour titles. Through the USTA, Berger has interacted with Sock throughout the past seven years.

“He's been in my corner for so many years now. I just really like his energy, his mindset. I had a great run with Troy. We were together three years. He's got a newborn kid and needs to spend some time with his family, which is completely understandable,” Sock said.

“It was kind of a perfect moment in time and opportunity, with Jay resigning and moving on from the USTA after 15 years with them. We've always had a great relationship, and it helps we both love playing golf outside of tennis as well.”

Sock, who's long sought to control points with his serve and forehand, will look to conserve energy by ending points at the net as well. “I feel comfortable at the net. I've had some doubles success. I like being up there,” he said. “It's a little bit part of the game plan now.”

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It’s no surprise Sock is comfortable at net. The Nebraska native spends plenty of time there on the doubles court. Sock has won eight tour-level doubles titles with five different partners, including the 2014 Wimbledon crown and the 2015 BNP Paribas Open title in Indian Wells, both with Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Last year, Sock paired with countryman John Isner to win the Rolex Shanghai Masters.

Berger is hoping to showcase Sock's skills around the net – “his touch, his feel and his ability to make shots in very unusual positions” – and his other strengths with the aggressive strategy.

“I think that he has some of the best weapons in the game in his serve, speed and forehand. We want to continue to work on his strengths and just add little parts to his game slowly,” Berger said.

Sock burst out of the proverbial gates to start the year. He won two ATP World Tour titles in the first two months – ASB Classic in Auckland (d. Sousa) and the Delray Beach Open (w/o Raonic).

In Indian Wells, Sock reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final before falling to eventual champion Roger Federer. He backed it up in Miami with a quarter-final run (l. to Nadal).

But since then, the American has played .500 tennis, going 7-7, including his second-round win at the Citi Open. He withdrew from the Aegon Championships in London in June because of a knee injury, which also hampered him at Wimbledon.

Back on the U.S. hard courts, though, Sock hopes to emulate his childhood heroes and please the home fans with a title or two on home turf.

“We have a great history of champions. The U.S. tennis fan base is, I mean, not spoiled, but look, we've had so many great players come through here, so many Grand Slam champions, No. 1s in the world. It's understandable, I get it. If I was a tennis fan I'd want someone up there as well,” Sock said.

“Obviously we're doing our best... We don't want to stay around 17, 18 in the world. We all want to move up and be the next No. 1 or be the next Grand Slam champion. So we're all working towards that.”

Red-Hot Fognini Rolls Into Kitzbühel SFs

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:53pm
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Fabio Fognini extended his match-win streak to six on Thursday at the Generali Open in Kitzbühel and is now two matches away from winning back-to-back titles on the ATP World Tour.

The second-seeded Italian, the lone seed remaining in the clay-court tournament, made quick work of Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, breaking him seven times to advance 6-3, 6-1 in 65 minutes.

Fognini captured his fifth ATP World Tour crown last week at the J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad, beating German Yannick Hanfmann in the Swiss Alps mountain town.

He'll try to make his second consecutive final when he faces Kitzbühel resident and 2015 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber. The German saved six of seven break points to beat 2016 semi-finalist Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) in two hours and 32 minutes.

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“I'm just happy because I still think I'm playing really good. Tomorrow I have a really tough, tough match with a great opponent, so hopefully I continue like this. Of course, winning is always good but I'm happy if I lose and I play well,” Fognini said.

#NextGenATP Austrian Sebastian Ofner continued to impress the home fans by reaching his first ATP World Tour semi-final. The 21-year-old wild card prevailed past Renzo Olivo of Argentina 6-3, 1-6, 6-3.

Ofner, No. 157 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, ousted top seed Pablo Cuevas, a six-time clay-court titlist, in a third-set tie-break to face Olivo. The Austrian is coming off his breakthrough Grand Slam debut at Wimbledon, where he beat 17th seed Jack Sock to reach the third round before falling to #NextGenATP Alexander Zverev.

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Ofner will next face Portugal's Joao Sousa, who beat 2016 semi-finalist Gerald Melzer 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. Sousa knocked out defending champion Paolo Lorenzi of Italy to reach his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season. He will look to make his second final of the season (also Auckland).

Sandgren Reflects on Reaching 3R Washington 2017

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:51pm
American Tennys Sandgren talks about advancing at Nick Kyrgios's expense, after the Aussie retired mid-match with a shoulder injury at the Citi Open on Wednesday. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

Highlights Raonic Zverev Bhambri Win At Washington 2017 Wednesday

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:47pm
Watch Wednesday highlights of the Citi Open 2017, featuring Milos Raonic, Alexander Zverev and Yuki Bhambri. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Mike Lawrence/Citi Open

Bhambri Discusses Monfils Upset Washington 2017

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:18pm
India's Yuki Bhambri reflects on one of his biggest wins after dethroning defending Citi Open champion Gael Monfils in the second round on Wednesday. Watch live matches at tennistv.com.

Look Ahead To Award-Winning Szczecin Challenger 2017

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 4:53am
Go behind the scenes at the ATP Challenger Tournament of the Year in Szczecin, Poland, where the action is set to get underway once again in September. Learn more at pekaoszczecinopen.pl

Zverev Dodges Inspired Thompson In Washington

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 2:16am

Fifth seed Alexander Zverev came out on top in a marathon match against Jordan Thompson on Wednesday at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., thwarting the Aussie’s upset bid by prevailing 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) to reach the third round.

“I tried to stay calm, stay composed and just focus on me,” said Zverev. “He’s obviously playing very well now. He just played a Challenger final. He's had a lot of matches on the hard courts already and I haven't played on hard courts since [this past March in] Miami, so I'm happy to be through and get that win.”

Zverev, who recently added former World No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero to his team, will take on Tennys Sandgren in the next round. Sandgren advanced after 10th seed Nick Kyrgios, troubled by a shoulder injury, retired with the American leading 6-3, 3-0. Sandgren is in top form at the moment, winning his first ATP World Tour main draw match on Tuesday night over Go Soeda.

Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri recorded the upset of the night by defeating sixth seed and defending champion Gael Monfils 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. The 25 year old, currently No. 200 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, hadn’t won two main draw matches at an ATP World Tour event since his quarter-final appearance in Chennai in January 2014. Next up for Bhambri is Guido Pella, a winner on Tuesday over 12th seed Mischa Zverev.

“It’s definitely one of the biggest wins of my career. You play for these moments,” said Bhambri. "I tried to stay competitive and focused in all my service games. I hung in there at the end and just fought my way through. It gives me a lot of confidence for my next round.”

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Fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov followed the three-set trend on Wednesday by defeating Kyle Edmund 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Dimitrov scored the lone break of the final set at 4-3 to eventually advance in two hours and 21 minutes.

Standing between Dimitrov and a place in the quarter-finals is #NextGenATP Russian Daniil Medvedev, who advanced well after midnight over 14th seed Steve Johnson 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(1).

Kevin Anderson, the 15th seed, didn’t drop serve in defeating Malek Jaziri 6-4, 6-1. The big-serving South African faces top seed Dominic Thiem in a third round clash on Thursday.

Bhambri Covers The Net For Hot Shot Winner In Washington 2017

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 1:43am
Watch Hot Shot as Yuki Bhambri blankets the net on Tuesday before picking off the winner against Gael Monfils at the Citi Open. Watch live matches at tennistv.com. Photo: Mike Lawrence/Citi Open