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Four Americans cruise to men’s quarters

By: Anirudh Sridhar

After a greuling first set, John Isner breezed past Marcos Baghdatis in the second set to advance to the quarterfinals of the Citi Open.

After a greuling first set, John Isner breezed past Marcos Baghdatis in the second set to advance to the quarterfinals of the Citi Open.

Top-seed John Isner defeated Marcos Baghdatis 7-6, 6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Citi Open for a third time in four years. The other two times he ended up in the finals.

This match saw a flurry of aces as Isner tallied 15 and Baghdatis had 10 aces himself. But he also had six double faults, with five of them in the second set that proved to be way too much for him to overcome.

Isner has always been dominant at this particular tournament reaching the finals four times but he’s always failed to lift the trophy at the end. He hopes this is the year he can finally win it, and the conditions are favorable for him.

“It’s a good tournament for big servers, that’s why myself, [Ivo] Karlovic are still alive, Jack [Sock], Stevie [Johnson], and Sam [Querrey] (as well),” Isner said. “The court is conducive to giving good serves and big forehands and that’s what a lot of the players here like to do. I’m just comfortable here.”

Isner will face his friend and countryman Steve Johnson in the quarterfinals. Johnson defeated fellow American Ryan Harrison to reach the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-4.

Johnson and Sock are having a great Citi Open so far in the singles and doubles draws. Sock defeated Brit Daniel Evans in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5.

Along with their berths in the quarterfinals, they are teammates in the men’s doubles tournament and will play for a berth in the doubles semifinals as well.

Querrey became the fourth American to qualify for the quarterfinals beating former Citi Open champion Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6, 6-3. Querrey had 13 aces in the game and won 85-percent of his first service points. Three crucial doubles faults plagued Dolgopolov’s chance at winning the match.

The Frenchman stands in the way of the Americans

While four Americans have advanced to the next round, the second-seeded Gael Monfils has cruised in his first two matches at the tournament. He defeated Borna Coric 6-2, 6-3 in just 54 minutes of gameplay to advance to the quarterfinals.

Monfils has been serving tremendously well so far in the tournament and had 12 aces in his match against Coric. He also won 95-percent of his first service points.

He hopes to reach the finals and potentially battle against Isner for the title.

“I love the fan support here, but as I said the number one here is John [Isner],” Monfils said. “He’s always been good here and he’s got a final to defend. Hopefully I can focus on my game and hopefully we will have a great battle if I have to play him.”

Risa Ozaki is having a dream Citi Open

After knocking off the defending champion Sloane Stephens in the first round, Risa Ozaki defeated Naomi Brady 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, to advance to the quarterfinals of the Citi Open. Not only has Ozaki thrived in the singles competition, her doubles team has advanced to the semifinals of the tournament as well. Ozaki is currently ranked 131st in the world and she will face the six-seeded Yulia Putintseva for a berth in the semifinals.

Paire outlasts Muller in back-and-forth match

Benoit Paire looked like he was headed home as 14th-seeded Gilles Muller was prepared to put the nail in the coffin in the third set of their match, but Paire was able to regroup and proved that a Tennis match is never over until it’s over. Paire won the final four games to beat Muller 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

After a trying first set in which he slammed only two aces and failed to win many games despite a perfect first-serve success rate, Paire was never really in a competition. However, he was able to take advantage of some errors by Muller in the second set to tie the game and in the third and final set he smacked down nine aces to earn the victory.

Karlovic’s serve smokes Tomic

To many, third-seeded Bernard Tomic was one of the favorites to win the Citi Open, but he had nothing to answer Ivo Karlovic’s wicked serve in their third round matchup. The Croatian Karlovic topped his Aussie opponent 7-6 (4), 6-3 and did so with 21 aces compared to Tomic’s seven.

Certainly seven aces is a respectable number, but Karlovic never allowed Tomic in the match. His aces kept Tomic on his heels and Karlovic took advantage with a 37-for-39 success rate on his first serves. He will play sixth-seeded Jack Sock in the quarterfinals.

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