CITI OPEN 2013
Nishikori, Raonic Stunned In D.C.
Washington D.C., U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
A resurgent Marcos Baghdatis upset second seed Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-2 in the third round of the Citi Open, needing less than an hour to oust the World No. 11. Nishikori had dispatched American youngster Jack Sock earlier on Thursday, after their second round duel was postponed due to rain.
With the win, Baghdatis is through to his first quarter-final since the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, in February. The Cypriot hadn’t won an ATP World Tour match since then, prior to this week. The 2010 Washington runner-up will face John Isner in the quarter-finals. The American enters the match with a 4-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage.
Isner, the No. 8 seed, exacted revenge for his loss in the 2007 NCAA Singles Championships by defeating Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman 7-5, 7-5. Isner won the Atlanta title last week and is looking to maintain his lead in the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge.
“Even though I haven’t played him in so long, I’m familiar with his game, he’s familiar with my game as well,” said Isner. “The last time we did play he actually beat me, so it’s good to get a little revenge.”
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In earlier action, Marinko Matosevic surprised fourth seed Milos Raonic 7-5, 7-6(7) to open third round play in D.C. Matosevic will face Dmitry Tursunov on Friday, in what will be his second quarter-final of 2013.
For Raonic, 19 aces weren’t enough to avoid his fifth defeat in his last seven matches, since falling in the third round at Roland Garros. The big-serving Canadian enters his home ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event next week, in Montreal, with quarter-final points to defend.
Tursunov, meanwhile, battled back after dropping the opening set to Radek Stepanek, prevailing 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in just under two and a half hours. It was the Russian's 200th match win on the ATP World Tour. He converted on five of eight break point opportunities.
The World No. 61 will look to advance to his second semi-final of the year and second Washington semi-final, when he faces Matosevic. This will be their first meeting on the ATP World Tour.
In other action, Mardy Fish was denied his 300th tour-level victory with a 7-6(2), 6-1 defeat at the hands of Kevin Anderson. After forcing a first set tie-break the 31-year-old American faded in the second, dropping serve three times. It was Fish’s first third round of a tournament since reaching the Round of 16 at last year’s US Open. The American had been sidelined for the majority of 2013 with persistent heart issues.
Anderson, the BB&T Atlanta Open runner-up last week, finds himself in the Washington quarter-finals for the second consecutive year. With a career-high ranking of 21, the South African will be seeking his third ATP semi-final in as many weeks.