Defending champ Zverev edges Nishikori in DC QF; Murray out
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 04, 2018 10:02 AM
Alexander Zverev, of Germany, returns the ball against Kei Nishikori, of Japan, during the Citi Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending champion Alexander Zverev returned to the Citi Open semifinals by coming back for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over No. 7 seed Kei Nishikori in a rain-interrupted match Friday.
The No. 1-seeded Zverev, who beat his older brother, Mischa, in the third round, also eliminated 2015 Washington champion Nishikori at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open a year ago en route to the title.
Germany's Zverev, 21, improved to 14-2 in his four appearances at the Citi Open.
On Saturday, he'll face 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. The No. 10 seed Tsitsipas beat No. 3 David Goffin 6-3, 6-4.
Tsitsipas is coming off his first run to the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament, last month at Wimbledon.
On the other half of the draw, three-time major champion Andy Murray pulled out of his quarterfinal after winning a trio of three-setters and lamenting a schedule that had him start his latest victory at midnight.
In the women's quarterfinals, Andrea Petkovic got past No. 6 seed Belinda Bencic 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (8).
Murray cited fatigue when he withdrew Friday, hours before he was supposed to face 19-year-old Alex de Minaur, who was given a walkover into the semifinals. The last quarterfinal was No. 16 Andrey Rublev of Russia against unseeded Denis Kudla, who is from nearby Arlington, Virginia.
Murray's third-round victory over Marius Copil ended just past 3 a.m. on Friday. Afterward, Murray told a small group of reporters that he "potentially" could withdrew from the tournament.
He also announced Friday that he was going to skip next week's Toronto Masters.
Murray is working his way back into form after having surgery on his right hip and being sidelined for 11 months.