WASHINGTON (AP) — Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios wanted 14 minutes to finish his rain-delayed Citi Open match towards Reilly Opelka, effectively closing out a 7-6 (1), 6-2 victory on Friday.
Saving vitality was key for Kyrgios and others enjoying in sizzling, humid situations on the hard-court U.S. Open tuneup. Kyrgios, the 2019 champion in Washington, was scheduled to return to the courtroom Friday evening for a quarterfinal match towards Frances Tiafoe, who grew up simply outdoors the nation’s capital in Maryland.
Play was suspended once more Friday afternoon due to lightning.
Tiafoe, the No. 10 seed, beat eighth-seeded Botic van de Zandschulp 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Also having to play two matches on Friday — climate allowing — was top-seeded Andrey Rublev, who rallied in a second-set tiebreak to beat Maxime Cressy 6-4, 7-6 (8). Trailing 5-3, Rublev used his reflexes to lob again an overhead smash by Cressy, who missed broad.
“In my head, the second set was done and I’ll just do my best to finish the second and I’ll fight for the third,” Rublev mentioned.
The Russian is searching for his fourth ATP title this yr, which might draw him even with Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz for essentially the most in 2022. He subsequent faces American wild card J.J. Wolf, who superior to his first tour-level quarterfinal by rallying to win the final 4 video games and beat Holger Rune 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Another American, Sebastian Korda, superior to the quarterfinals by beating fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
On the ladies’s facet, fourth-seeded veteran Victoria Azarenka endured an 80-minute first set to beat Tereza Martincova 7-6 (7), 6-2, and sixth-seeded Kaia Kanepi bought previous Anna Kalinskaya 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3 in a match that lasted 2 hours, 33 minutes.
U.S. Open champion Emma Raducnau was scheduled to face Liudmila Samsonova on Friday evening, adopted by Azarenka’s second match of the day, this time towards Xiyu Wang.
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