Tennis – ATP – Washington: Tiafoe and Kyrgios have an appointment, Korda knocked down Dimitrov

Published on August 5, 2022 at 10:11 p.m. – updated on August 5, 2022 at 10:15 p.m.

Mathieu WARNIER

Frances Tiafoe had the last word against Botic van de Zandschulp in the round of 16 of the Washington ATP tournament interrupted by rain on Thursday. The American has reunited with Nick Kyrgios, who is a confirmed ascendant son of Reilly Opelka. Led one round to nothing, Sebastian Korda was able to reverse the trend against Grigor Dimitrov.

After the rain, the good weather came for Frances Tiafoe. After recovering to a set everywhere against Botic van de Zandschulp, the American saw the meeting be interrupted by the rain after a disputed point in the last set. Back on the court this Friday, the 27th in the world wasted no time against the tournament’s number 8 seed. After missing a break point in the first game, Frances Tiafoe reached her but soon after to lead three games to one. Long on his hand on his commitment, the American tensed as the end of the match approached. This materialized with two break points conceded in the eighth game. Managing to recover, Frances Tiafoe held her serve and forced Botic van de Zandschulp to serve to stay in the match. The Dutchman didn’t look comfortable but held on, fending off three match points. However, the 26th in the world has reached its limits and the fourth was the right one. Frances Tiafoe won (4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in 2h13′) and didn’t have to wait long to know her opponent.

Kyrgios a conclusive face at Opelka

Cut in his tracks on Thursday as he led against Reilly Opelka after winning the first set in the tiebreak, Nick Kyrgios was able to limit his time on the court at the start of the day. After resuming his interrupted service game as if nothing had happened, the Australian immediately took the upper hand over the number 4 seed in Washington. Leading then four games to one, the finalist of the last Wimbledon never left his opponent the slightest hope of returning to the match. In effect, it was on Reilly Opelka’s service that Nick Kyrgios put an end to the suspense in this match, which was disputed in two parts on his first match point (7-6, 6-2 in 1h17 ‘). Frances Tiafoe and Nick Kyrgios now meet in the evening session for a place in the last four in Washington.

Korda handled the interruption better

If there is a player who has not digested the stoppage of his match this Thursday, it is Grigor Dimitrov. While he was leading a run to nothing when the rain hit Washington, the Bulgarian was dominated by Sebastian Korda when the meeting was able to resume its rights this Friday. After saving three break points, the American took control, posting a five-game winning streak to tie the game at one innings at the first opportunity. While a reaction was expected from Grigor Dimitrov, the seeded number 5 of the tournament was unable to revive. On the contrary, Sebastian Korda took advantage of the situation to fly to the scoreboard. Winning four consecutive games, the 54th in the world was able to lead five games to one. When concluding on his serve, the American trembled but knew how to dismiss a break point before sealing the fate of the match at the second opportunity (4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in 2h19 ‘). Mikael Ymer will be his opponent in the quarter-finals for the last match on the program this Friday.

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