Nick Kyrgios advances to Washington tournament semifinals

After a fierce fight of two and a half hours, Nick Kyrgios, finalist of the last Wimbledon, came to the end of the American Frances Tiafoe (6-7 [5]7-6 [12]6-2), Friday in the quarterfinals of the Washington tournament.

The Australian player, still as whimsical – evidenced by his kicks between the legs – and grumbling, against himself or the public deemed too talkative between exchanges, however relied on his formidable serve (35 aces) and knew how to keep his composure, in particular to save five match points, in the decisive game of the second set.

Tiafoe, frustrated at not being able to close the game on those chances, then lost his footing, overcoming Kyrgios to escape. In the semi-finals, the latter will face the Swede Mikael Ymer on Saturday, winner of the American Sebastian Korda (6-2, 5-7, 6-3).

Rublev also in the semi-finals

The other half would pit Russian Andrey Rublev, the tournament’s No. 1 seed, against Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka. Rublev qualified at the expense of American JJ Wolf (6-2, 6-3), who had a wild card in Washington, a few hours after taking out Maxime Cressy (6-4, 7-6 [8]), in a match of the round of 16 postponed due to bad weather.

Nishioka beat Britain’s Daniel Evans (7-6 [5]4-6, 7-5), after a game that lasted 3h35.


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