Kei Nishikori and John Isner both advanced into the Citi Open final in Washington, D.C. on Saturday with extra effort on both parts.
Nishikori got revenge for his loss to Marin Cilic in last year’s US Open final, winning 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.
“It was really tough, because he was playing really good tennis in the beginning,” said Nishikori. “It’s a good to win against a Top 10 player and especially after our battle at the US Open. I hope I can keep going tomorrow.”
Isner weathered three match points to defeat Steve Johnson 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(9), looking to claim a first Washington title after going 0-2 in career finals.
Isner dropped 30 aces and won 85 percent of first serve points. He finished runner-up in Washington, D.C. in 2007 (l. to Andy Roddick) and 2013 (l. to Juan Martin Del Potro).
“I was playing from behind for the most part, but I didn’t get too rattled and believed in myself,” Isner said. “I had the wins coming into this match and it goes a long way. It’s not a tangible thing, but confidence is huge.”
Isner is 1-0 career against Nishikori.
The women’s final will be unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who upset top seed Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 6-3, ret., against unseeded American Sloane Stephens who upset No. 2 seed Samantha Stosur 7-6(4), 6-0.
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