Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Photo Recap: Citi Open - Day 5

Steve Johnson upset #5 John Isner 6-7 (5-7) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)

Isner Loses Heartbreaker on Grandstand 1; #1 Berdych Breezes

"Blockbuster Wednesday" certainly lived up to its billing at the Citi Open tonight, as most of the top seeds took center stage. Not all left victorious however, including #5 seed John Isner, #8 Feliciano López and the #1 seeded women's doubles team. Isner's loss was particularly surprising, considering he was fresh off winning his second straight BB&T Atlanta Open this past weekend.

Isner pulled no punches at the post-match press conference, complaining about having to play on Grandstand 1 instead of Stadium Court. To be fair, I have to agree with him. He may not be the top ranked player here, but he's a two-time finalist (including last year) and perhaps the most popular player in the tournament. Lost in all the fuss, fellow American Steve Johnson (ranked #68 in the world) who defeated Isner 6-7 (5-7) 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in an instant classic. Johnson was coming off a first round loss to Sam Querrey last week in Atlanta; so he has to be thrilled at the prospect of facing #9 seed Ivo Karlović tomorrow afternoon (ironically on Stadium Court.) Even more ironic, Karlović stands an imposing 6'11 (an inch taller than Isner.) At least Johnson will be properly prepared!

John Isner on Grandstand 1

López was upset 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 by Víctor Estrella Burgos, the first Dominican to ever crack the top 100 (currently #87.) Burgos moves on to face #10 seed Santiago Giraldo, a 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) winner over Benjamin Becker on the Match Court. Also advancing, the top two men's seeds... #1 Tomáš Berdych, a 6-1, 6-4 winner over qualifier Robby Ginepri and #2 Milos Raonic, who stopped American Jack Sock 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-3.) Don't be surprised to see both Berdych and Raonic in a rare #1-2 final: Both looked downright unbeatable tonight.

#1 seed Tomáš Berdych

In other matches, fan favorite Taylor Townsend saw her impressive run come to an end (via a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Kristina Mladenovic.) Serbian beauty Bojana Jovanovski won a three-set thriller over #8 seed Sorana Cîrstea 4-6, 7-5, 6-3; while #1 women's doubles team Cara Black and Sania Mirza lost in straight sets to Brits Jocelyn Rae and Anna Smith 6-4, 6-3. Also of note, Washington Kastles captain Leander Paes teamed up with hard serving Sam Groth in men's doubles, disposing of Jérémy Chardy and Robert Lindstedt 6-1, 7-6 (6-4.)

#2 Milos Raonic topped Jack Sock in straight sets

Tomorrow's impressive schedule gets under way at 1:45 PM. Tons of great matches, but none better than Raonic vs. former U.S. Open & Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt on Stadium Court (not before 6:00 PM.) Click here to purchase tickets.

Bojana Jovanovski upset #8 Sorana Cîrstea 

Click here for tonight's results.

#8 Sorana Cîrstea

#10 Santiago Giraldo def. Benjamin Becker 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

Benjamin Becker

Fresh off a 4-Peat... Leander Paes on Court 2

Robby Ginepri saw his impressive run come to an end