the Giant Killer slays Karlovic in Washington
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[August 01, 2014]
(Reuters) - Steve Johnson pulled off
another upset over one of the circuit's big men at the Citi Open in
Washington on Thursday, ousting towering ninth seed Ivo Karlovic 3-6 7-6
7-6, while top-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych was also eliminated in the
Johnson, who disposed of lofty fellow American and fifth seed
John Isner on Wednesday, saved two match points against the 6ft-11in
(2.11m) Karlovic and withstood a barrage of 27 aces to seal victory
over the Croat in a third-set tie-breaker.
Wild card Berdych was broken four times as he succumbed to
24-year-old Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-2 6-4 in only 81 minutes in
the evening session at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center.
Pospisil, who teamed up with American Jack Sock to win this year's
Wimbledon men's doubles crown, booked his place in the last eight
where he will face Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, a 6-2 6-0 winner
over Victor Estrella of Dominican Republic.
Also going through to the quarter-finals on Thursday was big-serving
Canadian Milos Raonic, who overpowered veteran Australian Lleyton
Hewitt 7-6 7-6 in a match where neither player had their serve
Raonic, the second seed, won 72 percent of the points on his serve
while firing down 29 aces as he triumphed after a tightly contested
encounter lasting a little less than two hours.
"I'm happy with a lot of things about the win today, especially the
way I was able to fight through the important games," Raonic, 23,
"I was able to find my rhythm well at the end of each set. He made
it difficult for me. The right attitude really got me through today
in the key moments."
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World number seven Raonic will take on Johnson in the quarter-finals.
In other matches, fourth-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori beat Slovalia's
Lukas Lacko 6-2 2-6 6-3, sixth seed Richard Gasquet of France crushed
American Tim Smyczek 6-3 6-2 and big-serving South African Kevin
Anderson eased past Tunisia's Malek Jaziri 6-3 6-4.
In the women's competition, second-seeded Russian Ekaterina Makarova
brushed aside American Lauren Davis 6-2 6-4 in the second round and
fifth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia eased past Japan's Hiroko
Kuwata 6-3 6-3.
(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Greg
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