Canadian third seed Milos Raonic, the 2014 Washington champion, defeated Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (9/7), 6-3 to book a Friday quarter-final against U.S. eighth seed Jack Sock, who downed countryman Jared Donaldson 7-6 (8/6), 6-2.
Nishikori, victor of this tournament in 2015, prevailed 6-4, 7-5 in 1 hour, 49 minutes at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington. The Indian star came up with some scintillating returns to get the Washington crowd rally behind him.
EPA/PETE MAROVICHKevin Anderson of South Africa in action against Yuki Bhambri of India during their match at the Citi Open tennis tournament at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Washington, DC, USA, 04 August 2017.
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.
It is for the first time that Bhambri has won three matches in the main draw of an ATP World Tour event. These points should help him get close to 150 when new rankings are issued on Monday.
Anderson has never shared a court with Bhambri except in workouts. Despite some shaky serving from both players, the South African 31-year-old giant served up 19 aces despite some double faults, and was more comfortable than his opponent on his native surface.
Anderson didn't want to waste a challenge over the call though and Thiem would concede the point. At 5-6, Thiem had a match point, but would not be able to convert.
However, he made a good comeback in the second set, breaking the World no. 45's serve in the first game itself. It was long, tough, grueling, and the rhythm of the match was shaken up by the rain at this year's CIti Open. Anderson broke back for 5-5.