Anderson topples Thiem, Nishikori advances


Big-serving South African Kevin Anderson squandered two match points before finally overcoming Austrian top seed Dominic Thiem in a compelling three-set slugfest at the Washington Open on Thursday. "It isn't easy to make this change (to hardcourt) after a long break". "We both missed a little bit in the first set, but second set, I played great", he said after today's win.

Eighth-seeded Jack Sock beat fellow American Jared Donaldson 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 while Yuki Bhambri of India defeated Guido Pella of Argentina 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-1.

However, Thiem sent a backhand wide on the penultimate point and Anderson blasted an ace wide to reach his fourth Washington quarter-final, matching his best result.

Thiem, who is playing his first ATP World Tour 500 event as top seed, easily got rid of Swiss player Henri Laaksonen 6-3, 6-3 in 63 minutes, reports Efe.

"It's a bit insane", Nishikori said of the schedule.

Canadian third seed Milos Raonic, the 2014 Washington champion, defeated Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (9/7), 6-3 to book a quarter-final against United States eighth seed Jack Sock, who downed compatriot Jared Donaldson 7-6 (8/6), 6-2. "It's not easy to recover well".

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Anderson saved a match point when Thiem netted a backhand to level the last tie-breaker at 6-6, then hit a forehand victor to set up a match point that Thiem erased with a service victor.

After neither player broke serve in the second set, the third set featured three consecutive breaks as Thiem went ahead 4-3.

"I could do that on the practice court and sometimes struggled to bring it to the match court, but now I'm succeeding with that more often".

Russia's Daniil Medvedev upset Bulgarian fourth seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, to reach a last-match matchup with Germany's eighth-ranked Alexander Zverev, who beat American Tennys Sandgren 7-5, 7-5 just before 2 a.m. after killing time with a nap and video games.

"I was down two breaks in the third but kept fighting and managed to play some of my better tennis".