ATP roundup: Tsitsipas, Isner move
on at Citi Open
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[August 01, 2019]
Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of
Greece handled crowd favorite and wild-card Tommy Paul 6-3, 7-5 on
Wednesday night to reach the quarterfinals at the Citi Open in
Paul created five opportunities to break Tsitsipas but converted
just one. That break did give him a 5-3 edge in the second set, but
Tsitsipas won the final four games, clinching on his third match
Next up for Tsitsipas will be Australia's Jordan Thompson, who
upended 14th seed Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-7 (8), 6-4, 7-5.
Fifth-seeded American John Isner used 14 aces to dispatch Poland's
Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4, saving all six break points he faced. In
the quarterfinals, he'll face 10th-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire,
who survived Australian qualifier Marc Polmans 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6
Seventh-seeded David Goffin of Belgium fell 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5) to
Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka, and three other seeded players also
lost: Frenchman Gilles Simon (11th) and Pierre-Hugues Herbert (15th)
and Australian Alex de Minaur (12th).
Canadians Milos Raonic (eighth) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (ninth)
each advanced, beating Americans Tim Smyczek and Reilly Opelka,
Kevin Anderson of South Africa withdrew from the tournament due to a
knee injury, continuing an injury-plagued season.
Top-seeded Dominic Thiem cruised into the quarterfinals in his home
country, beating fellow Austrian Sebastian Ofner 6-3, 6-2 in 76
Thiem faced just one break point, losing it early in the first set,
but quickly answered. He hit 81 percent of his first serves, winning
80 percent (28 of 35) of them.
He'll draw Spain's Pablo Andujar, a 6-4, 6-4 winner over Germany's
Philipp Kohlschreiber, in the quarterfinals.
Second-seeded Dusan Lajovic couldn't hold a lead against Frenchman
Jeremy Chardy, falling 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
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Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his first round match
against Italy's Thomas Fabbiano REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Other seeded players had less trouble. No. 3 Fernando Verdasco of
Spain dispatched Slovakia's Jozef Kovalik 6-4, 7-6 (7), No. 4 Pablo
Cuevas of Uruguay rallying past Austrian wild-card Dennis Novak 6-7
(1), 6-0, 6-2, and No. 7 Lorenzo Sonego of Italy surviving Spain's
Roberto Carballes Baena 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1).
Abierto de Tenis Mifel
Top-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini recovered from a slow start to move
past Spain's Marcel Granollers 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the
quarterfinals in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Fognini was broken twice to open the match and quickly fell in a 4-0
hole en route to dropping the first set. In each of the final two
sets, he went up a break only to give one back, before breaking
again and serving out.
In the quarterfinals, Fognini will face fifth-seeded American Taylor
Fritz, who battled back to hold off India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran
4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Second-seeded Guido Pella of Argentina handled Bulgaria's Grigor
Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2. He'll next face South Korean qualifier Soonwoo
Kwon, who survived Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Other seeds to advance included third-seeded Argentine Diego
Schwartzman, seventh-seeded Moldovan Radu Albot and eighth-seeded
Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Schwartzman and Kukushkin will face
each other in the quarterfinals.
Albot will face Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis, who rallied to upset
fourth-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
--Field Level Media
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