Andy Murray, John Isner In Action Today In Washington; Marin Cilic Wins At 2:30am
by Staff | August 5th, 2015, 12:31 pm
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The US Open summer swing gets into high gear today as Andy Murray and John Isner open play in Washington.

Murray, who hasn’t played in Washington since his 2006 final run, meets Teymuraz Gabashvili. The 28-year-old Murray is playing in his first tournament since reaching the semifinals at Wimbledon where he lost to Roger Federer. The following weekend he helped his country to a 3-1 Davis Cup quarterfinal victory over France by accounting for all three wins (two singles, one doubles). Murray has reached QF or better 10 times this year with three titles.

Isner, who just won a third straight Atlanta title, faces 35-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos. The 30-year-old American is a two-time Washington finalist – 2007 (l. to Roddick) and 2013 (l. to del Potro).

Also in action today are Richard Gasquet, 2004 winner Lleyton Hewitt, Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov who plays first match since his split with coach Roger Rasheed.

The women are also in Washington with Sam Stosur and Alize Cornet headlining.

Yesterday, top draws Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic, Vasek Pospisil, Sam Querrey and Jack Sock were all winners as seeds went 5-0 on a rainy Tuesday.

Due to earlier rain delays, Cilic didn’t finish his match with 19-year-old Hyeon Chung until almost 2:30am. But the US Open champion prevailed 7-6, 6-3.

“He’s had a great year this year. He went through Challengers very quickly and into the Top 100. The first time playing him wasn’t easy and he’s a great counter-puncher and moves well on the court,” Cilic said. “Today the conditions were very humid so it wasn’t easy to play and to put the ball away but the key part was for me was to come back in that first set, to get that break back and win the first set. After that I got momentum going and the tennis was a good quality in the second set.”

Sloane Stephens, Cristina McHale and Ekatarina Makarova were among the many winners in the women’s draw.

WEDNESDAY WASHINGTON SCHEDULE
STADIUM COURT start 1:50 pm
WTA – I. Falconi (USA) vs [2] S. Stosur (AUS)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [7] F. Lopez (ESP) vs [WC] L. Hewitt (AUS)
Not Before 5:30 pm
ATP – V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs [8] J. Isner (USA)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS)
ATP – [4] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs G. Muller (LUX)

GRANDSTAND 1 start 2:15 pm
WTA – [5] A. Cornet (FRA) vs [WC] L. Chirico (USA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [11] B. Tomic (AUS) vs S. Johnson (USA)
Not Before 5:30 pm
ATP – [Q] G. Pella (ARG) vs [6] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
ATP – [5] K. Anderson (RSA) vs A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [10] I. Karlovic (CRO)


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25 Comments for Andy Murray, John Isner In Action Today In Washington; Marin Cilic Wins At 2:30am

jalep Says:

Was impressed with Hyeong Chung (anyone know the correct pronunciation of Hyeong?)

Chung wears prescription goggles like Istomin and Tipseravic. He’s tall enough. It’s an awkward looking motion on his serve and backhand but he’s got great speed, balance and seems mentally very solid — more comfortable with himself on court than A.Zverev.

Cilic’s level still isn’t 2014.

Kei had challenges with Duckworth 1st set. The conditions in WaDC looked miserable last night – like playing in a hot muggy steam room.

Nice singles wins for Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock.

Best of luck to 19 yr old Louisa Chirico today!


jalep Says:

Nice win for 21 yr old young gun Thiem over 28 yr old veteran atp warrior Andreas Haider-Maurer ;)


jalep Says:

Congrats Louisa Chirico getting into the Quarterfinal!

Well done fight past Alize Cornet. Good luck next match!


Matt Says:

Great win for Thiem. Impressive run.
Murray in a tight one with Gabashvili.


Goose Egg Says:

@jalep
Hyeong is pronounced “hyoung”… As in young with an h in front that rolls right into the y


Daniel Says:

Murray has to be carefill will his next service games, Gabashivili is leading 4-3 but on serve and Murray sabed 2 BP’s at 1-2.


jane Says:

he was serving for the match but was broken back and then gabashvili held to love. now andy has to serve to stay in the match… and force a tiebreak.


Daniel Says:

Damm it he was serving for the match and now worst case he will play a tiebreak or lose if he gets brokem again.


Daniel Says:

Wow, what was theae last two points to win the match, biggest win of his career.

Murray again distractec by medical time outs or injury from his opponent. Not a great start for HC, but at least he can better prepare for Montreal. Maybe going deep here would hurt him long run. And he would only gain any points if he reached finals. The bad thing is losing two consecutive matches what will bring extra tension for his Montreal opener, which could be an even dangerous opponent depending on draw.


jane Says:

gabashvilli did play rather outrageously on the last point especially. he was reading andy’s serve. but andy will be angry he didnt take greater care serving it out at 5-4..

as someone said on twitter, he hadn’t lost to anyone outside of fed or nole since back in february.


courbon Says:

Well, that is bad start of US campaign for Andy….wake up Andy, or Novak will take all silverware …


Matt Says:

Andy looked bad/distracted earlier in the match. His emotional swings are very undermining. He’s never been in the class of those top three. Not a good look.


jalep Says:

@Goose Egg Thanks!

Was thinking the commentators probably had it wrong just like when commentators used to call Kei, ‘Key’ instead of ‘Kay’

And wow was I wrong about Sasha Zverev! Honest: the teenager looked shaky v Nishioka the other night. But my gosh was he hitting the ball and serving confidently v Kevin Anderson. Woot! some young guns out there!

Commiserations to the fine Andy fans – all of them. Did not see that loss coming at all. Thought it would be business as usual v Gabashvilli. But Teymuraz whas on fire!

Interesting match — Gasquet v Muller too.

*waves* to jane


Margot Says:

Oops! Glad I didn’t stay up for that one.
Sounds as if Andy was right off his game.


jalep Says:

As Daniel says, Andy can get to Montreal early and get prepared.

My man Sasha Dolgopolov just beat Karlovic!!!

It will be Ukrainian Sasha v German Sasha next match.


jalep Says:

mon dieu…Reeshard…but he makes it!

Gasquet v Sock next round.


Margot Says:

Actually, on reflection, quite good he lost. It’s a heck of a loaded schedule coming up, topped with Davis Cup. Needs time to adjust and recuperate.
Lol Kat, I’m “clucking” now…;)


Patson Says:

Gabashvilli just played lights out and Andy was playing his first match after Wimbledon. Both things combined and we have an upset. That’s tennis. Shrug it off and move on.


Jock-KatH Says:

Margot – I did’t see the match either – so the comments here are very informative …Jane indicates he could have served it out at 5-4 ……..so I’m cross with Andy.

If there’s a bright side – it’s a lesson – best it comes at a 500 than elsewhere.


Daniel Says:

He served for the match and was 30-30 at 5-4, twi points away, than lost 6 in a row but pushed a tiebreak. Down 4-5 he serve two first serves but it was “just to keep the ball in”. Gaba read it well and first one he pressure since return, last point he won with increduble defense finding a BH cross court on Andy’s feet. One point changed everythin.

At least he can go to Montreal he had chancesand he was hitting some nice FH as well.


Markus Says:

Just when I thought it was safe to watch Andy…


jalep Says:

Andy about to serve for the match at 5-4, 3rd set, I thought it was finally over, Andy — I’ll guess thought it was over, as Gaba was limping to his chair, his calf injured.

Then the unbelievable tie break: still thought Andy would win. Gaba was skipping around though. Adrenaline does that, I think.

Curious to see if Gaba loses to Berankis later today or…


skeezer Says:

@Markus
lol my sentiments also..


jane Says:

hi jalep,

according to the other thread, gaba says his body is “exhausted” so he may indeed lose next round. we shall see.

happy reeshard won. would love to see him win the tournament even.


calmdownplease Says:

as Margot says…
This will be for the best
I remember Del Potro taking on Murray in the Canada masters a few years back after winning the Citiopen and staggering to the net at one point as fatigue smashed him like a runaway train.
Andy has bigger fish to fry after doing his bit for under arm or whatever…..

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