U.S. NATIONAL INDOOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
Nishikori Begins Memphis Defence; Sock Reaches QFs
by ATP Staff|
World No. 16 Nishikori, who is the top seed at an ATP World Tour event for the first time, converted on five of his eight break points and dropped serve three times en route to the one hour, 25-minute victory.
Nishikori has now won 11 straight sets in Memphis, and goes on to face 30-year-old Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. in the quarter-finals. The pair met in Memphis three years ago in qualifying action, a match Nishikori came back to win in three sets.
Less than 24 hours after saving one match point to upset past champion Sam Querrey, the 96th-ranked Bogomolov defeated American Ryan Harrison 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. He saved nine of 12 break points faced, while taking advantage of four of his seven opportunities.
The youngest American in the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, 21-year-old Jack Sock, cruised into his second quarter-final of the season by dismissing 20-year-old Czech Jiri Vesely 6-2, 6-1 in 68 minutes. Sock had opened his 2014 campaign with a quarter-final result in Auckland, where he upset Tommy Haas in the second round.
Bryans Beat Memphis Duo
The defending doubles champions, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, opened their bid for a fourth Memphis title by defeating wild cards David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury 6-4, 6-3. O'Hare and Salisbury, who play collegiate tennis at the University of Memphis, were playing their first tour-level match.