Zverev stuns Nishikori to reach Citi Open final

Zverev stuns Nishikori to reach Citi Open final

Zverev stuns Nishikori to reach Citi Open final

He ousted the defending champion Gael Monfils 6-3 4-6 7-5 in the round of 32 and beat Guido Pella for his fifth win this week in order to reach the quarter-finals.

Next, Anderson will face Yuki Bhambri, and while it might seem like an easy match, the Indian was ITF junior No 1 and was ranked 88th, but he has struggled with his share of injuries and ups and downs on the ATP Tour.

In the third set, Anderson, who had stunned top-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (7) in the third round, broke Bhambri again to take a 3-0 lead early on.

It was the second early morning finish in as many matches for Nishikori, who faces U.S. wildcard Tommy Paul next.

However, Paul lost 3-6 7-6 (10/8) 6-4 to Nishikori in a match which lasted two hours and 39 minutes. Sock, Zverev vs. Medvedev, and Paul vs. Nishikori.

But Thiem sent a backhand wide on the penultimate point and Anderson blasted an ace wide to reach his fourth Washington quarter-final, matching his best result.

Thiem had a match point at 5-6 in the third-set tiebreaker but couldn't convert.

"I'd like to break back into the top 100 by the end of the year and play as many big events as possible", Bhambri said.

Anderson and Bhambri have never faced each other before. "It's a challenge. If I'm taking care of business on my side of the ball, then I give myself the best chance", Anderson said.

However, he made a good comeback in the second set, breaking the World no. 45's serve in the first game itself. He comes in and attacks.

Bhambri got broken twice in the first set as he went a set down 35 minutes into the match. "I just didn't get the feel of the serve".

Eighth seed Jack Sock booked a place in the semi-finals of the Citi Open on Friday.

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