Nishikori beats del Potro to reach Citi Open quarterfinals

Nishikori beats del Potro to reach Citi Open quarterfinals

In the women's doubles event, top-seeded Sania Mirza and Romanian partner Monica Niculescu lost to USA's Eugenie Bouchard and Canada's Sloane Stephens 6-1, 5-7, 8-10 in the semi-final.

Yuki Bhambri has bowed out of the ATP Citi Open tennis tournament at Washington DC.

"Bhambri, who had to play his way into the tournament in the qualifying rounds, faces 6'10" South African Kevin Anderson and his 140 miles per hour serve.

The Austrian then captured the next two points of the tiebreak to level the match at one set apiece and send the contest into an exciting decider.

En route to the quarterfinals, Bhambri scalped world number 22 and defending champion Gael Monfils from France and world number 100 Guido Pella from Argentina. These points should help him get close to 150 when new rankings are issued on Monday.

Anderson and Bhambri have never faced each other before. The big-serving South African believes he has some work to do when he steps out on the court to meet the rising Indian player. He comes in and attacks.

Stunned is a strong word, as Anderson is now 6-0 in career head-to-head matches against Thiem. Anderson broke back for 5-5. It was long, tough, grueling, and the rhythm of the match was shaken up by the rain at this year's CIti Open.

Thiem staved off defeat the first time after an 11-stroke rally culminated with a whipped forehand victor into the corner that Anderson could only watch helplessly as it whistled past. "I felt I had a shot after winning the second set but got broken early in the third set and it's much harder to come back against a big server".

Anderson didn't want to waste a challenge over the call though and Thiem would concede the point.

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