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Yuki Bhambri loses to Kevin Anderson in Citi Open quarters

Yuki Bhambri, who beat defending champion Gael Monfils earlier in the tournament, lost to Kevin Anderson 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 in Citi Open quarters.

tennis Updated: Aug 05, 2017 11:01 IST
Yuki Bhambri,Kevin Anderson,Kei Nishikori
Yuki Bhambri lost to Kevin Anderson 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 in Citi Open quarters. (AFP)

Yuki Bhambri’s solid run at the Citi Open in Washington came to an end after he lost to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 on Saturday.

Anderson, who blasted 21 aces to defeat the 200th-ranked Indian qualifier, ousted top seed Dominic Thiem on Thursday.

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“I definitely have the belief in myself that I’m able to win this tournament,” Anderson said.

“If I play my best tennis I have a chance to do very well.”

Anderson will face Jack Sock in the semifinals; who defeated Milos Raonic 7-5, 6-4 in quarters.

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Nishikori escapes upset bid, to face Zverev in semis

Top-10 rivals Kei Nishikori and Alexander Zverev advanced to a semi-final showdown at the ATP and WTA Citi Open while second-ranked Simona Halep retired with heat fatigue.

Ninth-ranked Nishikori, the 2015 champion on the Washington hardcourts, saved three match points in a tension-packed second set before rallying to beat 225th-ranked American 20-year-old Tommy Paul 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 after two hours and 40 minutes.

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“It was a great battle,” Nishikori said. “He almost had it. Happy to win.”

Zverev, a 20-year-old German seeking his fourth ATP title of the year and ranked a career-high eighth, took only 57 minutes to eliminate Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-2, 6-4.

“I felt so good from the start,” Zverev said. “It was a great match for me. It’s just all coming together now.”

It will be the first career meeting between Nishikori and Zverev.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a tough match,” Nishikori said. He has been playing really well.”

“Kei has been in the top 10 for a long time now,” Zverev said. “He’s going to be a tough test on the hardcourts.”

First Published: Aug 05, 2017 10:38 IST