John Isner Advances, Grigor Dimitrov Falls In Washington; Ailing Caroline Wozniacki Stumbles In Stanford
by Staff | August 7th, 2015, 10:32 am
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Two-time finalist John Isner kept his big serve humming winning his sixth straight match beating 2014 finalist Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 7-6 in a match that concluded around 1:30am.

Isner will now face Ricardas Berankis tonight in a rematch of their Atlanta quarter.

No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori won over Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 6-4. No. 3 Marin Cilic edged Sam Querrey in two breakers.

“I’ve had good preparation with my coaches coming into this week and I hope to do well,” said Nishikori who now plays Australian big server Sam Groth. “I’ve never played [Groth] before, and it’s never easy to play big servers, but I am serving and returning well, so I’ll just have to take the small chances I get.”

Grigor Dimitrov continued to struggle, falling in three sets to Steve Johnson 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Dimitrov then pulled out of the doubles with Mardy Fish citing a shoulder injury.

Johnson’s countryman Jack Sock picked up an excellent win coming back to beat Wimbledon semifinalist Richard Gasquet 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-4. Sock will now play Johnson tonight.

“It should be a good battle. We’ve played a few times now and each won a couple and last time we played was last year’s French Open,” said Sock. “He’s playing some pretty good tennis now, he’s had some pretty consistent results and moved up the rankings. I think especially on a surface like this and in the U.S., both playing here, it should be a fun match. I’m just happy there’s two Americans advancing.”

And 18-year-old Alexander Zverev continued to show his future promise beating Alexandr Dolgopolov 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

“It’s a big tournament for me, being here in the quarterfinals,” said Zverev. “Honestly, I only played on a hard court for the first time on Saturday, coming off of clay. So winning such big matches and beating such good players is an unbelievable feeling for me.”

Zverev will now face US Open champion Cilic today.

The women’s event today features Sam Stosur and Sloane Stephens who faces fellow American and 19-year-old Louisa Chirico.

In Kitzbuhel, Philipp Kohlschreiber just ended Dominic Thiem’s 10 match win streak beating the home Austrian 6-0, 7-6 to advance to the clay final. And in that final tomorrow he’ll face Paul-Henri Mathieu who beat Nicolas Almagro.

In Stanford, while former finalists Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber advance setting up a quarterfinal showdown today, top seed Caroline Wozniacki was hobbled by a left calf injury in a 6-4, 6-2 loss in her tournament debut match.

I’m not 100 percent, but I still thought I could tough it out, play and still win,” Wozniacki said. “But it’s the first match back after a long break and everything’s fast. It didn’t really give me a chance to get a rhythm. It wasn’t pretty out there, that’s for sure.”

Wozniacki first injured the calf during the grass season.

FRIDAY WASHINGTON SCHEDULE
STADIUM COURT start 1:00 pm
ATP – S. Groth (AUS) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – A. Zverev (GER) vs [3] M. Cilic (CRO)

7:00 pm
ATP – R. Berankis (LTU) vs [8] J. Isner (USA)
ATP – [15] J. Sock (USA) vs S. Johnson (USA)


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36 Comments for John Isner Advances, Grigor Dimitrov Falls In Washington; Ailing Caroline Wozniacki Stumbles In Stanford

jane Says:

also zverev advanced. jalep, tignor has just done a piece on him.

speaking of which, i am beginning to wonder about this group of thiem, coric, and zverev – a lot of talent there.


jane Says:

btw, when is the montreal masters draw? isn’t that today?


jane Says:

^ or maybe it’s in toronto – anyhow, the roger’s cup.


jalep Says:

It’s in Montreal, jane. Qualifying starts this weekend — main draw Monday, iirc.

Nervous. Watching Kei v big serving Groth. Kei got the first set – come on Kei!

Will check out Tignor’s piece, thanks.


jane Says:

thanks jalep. for some reason i thought the draw was today!

looks like kei is through. now cilic just has to do his part and we’ll have a us open rematch.

but it’d be interesting to see zverev vs kei too.


Charlie Says:

Grigor’s career is spiraling. its a huge wonder where he goes from here. Can’t seem him doing well at all at the US Open


jalep Says:

@ Charlie. Painful to watch him atm. But he’ll figure it out, I think.

Meanwhile, I like how Sascha is staying with Cilic. 2 double faults gave a break to Cilic but Sascha was able to break back and serve confidently to hold even 4-4, 1st set.

Oh oh. Zverev not shy about disputing a call. ;)


jalep Says:

Well, it was a good run for young Zverev in WaDC. But looks to be over barring a miracle. That’s all the tennis for me today. Good luck to Kei Nishikori tomorrow!


Gypsy Gal Says:

Yeah sorry for Sasha,hope Kei wins tomorrow….


jalep Says:

Oh…wait. Just about to go out the door and see Sascha broke back and evened it up at 5-5!

Come on!!


jalep Says:

No, No…Zverev had 2 break points but lost them – he would have been up 6-5 and serving for set.

Guess I’ll stay with this and see if Zverev can hold and get to a tie break. He was great in the tie break vs


jalep Says:

…vs Nishioka. meant to say ^

er, it’s tough to hold serve.


jalep Says:

How many shots was that rally? 32 shots….

great job by Sascha but Cilic got the point. Duece


jalep Says:

Deuce and more Deuce sheesh

Come on Kid Z


jalep Says:

9 deuces – he’s fighting but Marin is also stubborn and wants it over now…

Finally!!! Tie break. Come on ZZZZZZZZ-man


jane Says:

do you think zverev’s serve is a liability jalep – or could use some improvements? he’s had 9 double faults and first serves in is only at 57%.


jalep Says:

He made it exciting, did Zz-man.

But Marin too good on the big points in the tb, wins.

Sure like what I’ve seen from Alexander Zverev this tournament though. Losing 57 67 is a respectable fight with a top 10 guy.


jane Says:

it’ll be really interesting to see how kei and marin match up one year later. last year, cilic all but blew him off the court. this time, will it be the same or different?


jalep Says:

Oh, he’s improving his serve, composure, confidence, groundstrokes, and volley’s; return game, too, by the match. But I didn’t see his win v Dolgo, Jane.

Saw the match with Nishioka 1st round which was shaky but clutch in the tb, then the win over Anderson was boss – utter boss. :)

Okay, guilty of hyping a bit. But I’m a fan now. He goes to the head of the 18 yr olds class. Very good on Clay …perhaps better on hc, is what I’m thinking.


jalep Says:

I was nervous but Kei mastered Groth beautifully — he’s so crafty. And he’s healthy right now.

Marin played well today and seems on the way up. So we’ll see. Probably a good match tomorrow!


jalep Says:

Zverev serve let him down today, no doubt. He can and will do better than that — firmly believe it.


Markus Says:

Cilic was playing consistently well leading up to the US Open last year. Not so this year. The outcome vs Nishikori may be reversed this time.


Markus Says:

I think I want to follow this kid Zverev’s progress. I’m not too impressed with the others in his age group.


jane Says:

i was right actually; the roger’s cup draw is out.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CL1kJqkWgAARXqD.png


jalep Says:

Really? I was checking today – was checking too early. Great!

Hey jane – went to tennis.com looking for the piece you mentioned. Couldn’t find it by title. Do you have a link?


jalep Says:

@Markus. Agree Cilic was dangerous by this time last year, truly a danger-man.

I see some progress though – just this tournament.

The problem with Kei is injuries, as we all know. He has to work so hard v the top big guys. It’s physical, not mental with Kei.


jane Says:

jalep i think i was wrong. i saw a tweet this morning on tignor’s new piece but in hindsight, maybe it mentioned that he talks about thiem not zverev. sorry for misleading you.


jane Says:

even stevens today – right/wrong. balanced. :D ;)


jalep Says:

haha …

You have me running around the interwebs looking in all directions, jane :D

Clicked on that draw link you posted and it’s like a teaser! So went to the Coupe Rogers website and the wta is up but no mens.

Also looked for a bracket challenge, lol…per usual…


jane Says:

gah! i know. i saw that on twitter so i went to the tournament site and then the atp site and couldnt find actual draw. twitter teasers i guess? hence i posted that photo so at least we can see who’s on which side…


jalep Says:

It’s a nice photo, jane. Looks real for 2015.

And at Coupe Rogers – Toronto does have a WTA 2015 draw posted.

Couldn’t even find the qualies. You know I love a look at the qualies.

Nole has Wawa in his half. Andy has Rafa.


jalep Says:

Or am I reading it wrong…???


Daniel Says:

Anyone knows what’s up with Ferrer? He is not playing next week.

Cilic and Kei will play semis tomorrow. Think who ever wins takes Washington. Hard to see Isner winning back to back titles although he loves playing in US.

A title here could be a big boost to either Cilic or Kei. They are in the same side of draw for Montreal, Kei to play Nadal in Quartera and Cilic x Murray. Other aide is Djoko x Berdych and Wawa x Raonic. Seema a balanced draw.


jalep Says:

That was a great read. Thanks @ lapinroyal.


jalep Says:

Don’t know exactly what’s up with Ferrer, Daniel.

I know he was injured but that seems ages ago.

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