Friday, August 7, 2015

Photo Recap: Citi Open 2015 - Day 6

Jack Sock upset #4 Richard Gasquet on Stadium Court

They're dropping like flies... the top men's seeds at the Citi Open, that is. Last night, it was Richard Gasquet, Grigor Dimitrov and Feliciano López's turn (the 4th, 6th and 7th seeds respectively) to taste defeat. This, on the heels of #1 Andy Murray's early exit (as well as #5 Kevin Anderson) on Wednesday. That's an awful lot of firepower to replace; but one man's loss is another man's gain... and suddenly the path to a championship appears a lot clearer for Kei NishikoriMarin Čilić and John Isner. All three remaining top seeds were victorious yesterday (technically this morning, after another rain delay last night.)

World #5 Nishikori was the first to win, topping Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-4 on Stadium Court. Čilić was next, besting American Sam Querrey 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) to advance to today's quarterfinals (vs. Alexander Zverev, a three-set winner over Alexandr Dolgopolov.) Later on (much later) Isner, fresh off a third straight BB&T Atlanta Open title, slipped by #12 seed Vasek Pospisil in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (6.)

Alexandr Dolgopolov lost to Alexander Zverev 6-2, 2-6, 4-6

Although Čilić looks in top form, he still has to get by a possible semifinal encounter with the higher ranked Nishikori; so I'm picking Isner to stay hot, and win his first Citi Open title (after finishing second in 2007 and 2013.) Although at this rate, it might make more sense to go with a relative unknown... such as fellow American Jack Sock, who rallied to defeat Gasquet, currently ranked #13 in the world. Sock used his big serve to win a second-set tiebreaker (6) and force a third set, which he won 6-4.

Richard Gasquet

There were only three women's singles matches on yesterday's card (Sloane Stephens had a walkover.) #1 seed Ekaterina Makarova advanced in straight sets over England's Naomi Broady 6-4, 7-6 (2.) Unfortunately, #3 Belinda Bencic wasn't as fortunate, losing 6-2, 6-4 to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Bencic remains in the tournament however, advancing to the Women's Doubles semifinals with partner Kristina Mladenović. They defeated Americans Sanaz Marand and Taylor Townsend 6-2, 6-2 on Grandstand 2 in under an hour.

Bittersweet day for Belinda Bencic

Makarova and #2 Samantha Stosur are still on course to square off in the finals, but #6 seed Irina-Camelia Begu and Stephens might have something to say about that. Makarova and Begu face off tonight on Grandstand 1. Stosur battles Romania's Monica Niculescu at 1 PM.

Kristina Mladenović & Belinda Bencic (r)

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Taylor Townsend & Sanaz Marand (r)

Click here for yesterday's results.

Robert Farah Maksoud & Juan Sebastián Cabal (r) lost in Men's Doubles

Ričardas Berankis was all smiles, advances to quarterfinals

Teymuraz Gabashvili lost to Ričardas Berankis 7-5, 6-4

Kristina Mladenović

Sanaz Marand

Taylor Townsend