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Gasquet Reaches First Citi Open Semi-final

Washington, U.S.A.

Gasquet© Getty Images SportRichard Gasquet has finished runner-up in two tournaments in 2014.

Sixth seed Richard Gasquet advanced to the Citi Open semi-finals for the first time after a straight-set victory over Japan’s Kei Nishikori on Friday evening in Washington, D.C.

The Frenchman recorded the 6-1, 6-4 victory against the fourth-seeded Nishikori in 59 minutes, improving to 5-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series. The 28 year old delivered nine aces and did not drop serve through nine service games.

"It's true that I've won five matches against [Nishikori], but he's improving," said Gasquet. "He's a very good player so it's a big victory for me to win against him today."

Nishikori, ranked 11th in the Emirates ATP Rankings, claimed his fourth and fifth ATP World Tour titles this season in Memphis and Barcelona, respectively. The 24-year-old Nishikori was playing in his first tournament since making a fourth-round exit at Wimbledon (l. to Raonic).

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"[Gasquet] played well and dominated, especially in the first set. I had chances in the second set but I couldn't commit to my returns and made some easy mistakes," shared Nishikori. "He's a very talented player and defends very well."

Gasquet, who finished runner-up in Montpellier (l. to Monfils) and Eastbourne (l. to F. Lopez) this season, will face either 10th seed Santiago Giraldo or 13th seed Vasek Pospisil in the semi-finals.

Giraldo and Pospisil had split sets in their first Tour-level clash 7-6(4), 3-6, 0/30 when the match was suspended due to rain. The pair will resume their semi-final on Saturday afternoon. View Schedule

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