Isner, Nishikori Headed Toward Final Meeting at Citi Open
by Staff | August 8th, 2015, 12:59 am

John Isner and Steve Johnson set up an all-American semifinal at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. with wins on Friday in the quarterfinals.
The No. 8 seed Isner beat Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, while Johnson beat fellow American Jack Sock 7-6(5), 6-1.

“He takes really big cuts on the ball and if I miss my spot he really likes pace,” Isner said of Berankis. “He did it one time in the third set as well. He just caught fire and was swinging away. I didn’t panic because it was one set to go. I could have very easily lost that [second] set in a tiebreaker so it was all good.”

The other semifinal will be No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori, who beat Aussie Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, against No. 4 Marin Cilic who edged Alexander Zverev 7-5, 7-6(3).

“It’s great to be back in the semifinals here and to have a chance to play against Kei in the United States,” said Cilic about the US Open final rematch against Nishikori. “For sure it is going to be an exciting and entertaining match. It’s a great way to start the summer har-court season, and I feel that my form is getting better match after match.”

The women’s semifinals will be top-seeded Ekaterina Makarova vs. unseeded Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, and American Sloane Stephens vs. No. 2 seed Sam Stosur.


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17 Comments for Isner, Nishikori Headed Toward Final Meeting at Citi Open

FedExpress Says:

happy birthday roger! 34 years young now.

jalep Says:

Yes, Happy 34th Roger Federer!

In Kitzbuhel, sadly 33 yr old qualifier, Paul-Henri Mathieu did not get the title. But nice run, PHM. Allez!

Congrats to Kohlschreiber!

jalep Says:

Steve Johnson was asked what it would take to beat John Isner and he said 25 double faults (for Isner) would be good. At least Stevie has a sense of humor about it.

Go Kei!!

Thought it would be Stosur and Makarova in the Final but I don’t know now. Sloane is playing very well, as has Pavlyuchenkova.

My girl Aga lost in Stanford :/
So, I don’t care who wins there. I like Pliskova the most of who’s left.

jalep Says:

as is Pavlyuchenkova, not has. grammar police alert.

jane Says:

considering kei just had an MTO for some kind of injury, he’s nonetheless managing to dominate in this second set. he’s serving up 4-0.

looks like this is going to a third.

jalep Says:

This is the right thread ;)

Contrats Kei!!

Makarova v Pavlyuchenkova semi starting. This might be good.

jalep Says:

make that, Congrats!

jane Says:

congrats to kei, well played. now let’s see if isner makes it too.

Daniel Says:

Isner x Kei it is.

Key back at #4 on Monday regardless if he wins the final as Wawa will drop 90 puts from Canada last year. This year there is an extra week so points of Canada will be dropping Aug 10th and Cincy on Aug 17th.

Daniel Says:

If Murray reaches final of Canada next week he will return to #2 on Monday August 17th due to Fed dropping 1000 pts. Fed can regain it after Cincy intime of US Open if he performs better than Murray in Cincy.

Let’s see what happens next week.

wilfried Says:

To become #4 again on monday, Kei actually needs to win that Washington D.C.-final because with his semi-final win, he’s got only 5.645 pts (= 5,525 pts + 120 pts).
However if he manages to win the Washington final, he’ll have collected 5.845 pts (>= Wawrinka’s 5.700 points), and becomes as a result of that #4 in the ATP-rankings.
In fact Kei’s Washinton D.C. points will replace his less best result outside the slams and Masters, which is currently 180 points.

Jock-KatH Says:

Daniel – I think Fed. will only drop 600 points by not going to Canada (which I think was won by Joe Tsonga last year) (RF finalist). Very unlikely Andy will pass him before USO…if then.

Daniel Says:


Wawa is dropng 90 puts on Monday Aug 10th so Kei will pass him regardless.

This year Canada and Cincy points will drop a week earlier due to increase in schedule.

That is why the points will drop when tourneys begin and why Murray can be #2 boy only one week Fed manages to better him in Cincy, but that only if Murray reaches final in Montreal.

If Kei lost today tomorrow we’ll check the rankings and even if he wins, we can remove 200 puts from him and see if he still will be above Wawa.

Daniel Says:

You are right wilfred, I looked wrongly and thought Kei could gain 18 puts but with finance can gain only 120 so he needs to win the title to get to #4.

If he indeed wins as he just won second set, as Wawa will drop 180 puts from Cincy on Aug 17th most likely Kei will be #4 for US Open. Also if he gets #4 tomorrow he will be seeded 4 in Cincy.

Jock-KatH Says:

Sorri Daniel – don’t see how…..that said, you are usually well ahead on this subject – but still….

wilfried Says:

You were right about Kei becoming #4 regardless, Daniel, and I was wrong, and apologize for my earlier comment.
I overlooked the fact that with dropping last year’s points from Canada, Kei had only 17 results left in his total ranking points instead of 18 .
As explained in chapter XI of the ATP Rulebook, the ranking points of a player are based on at least 18 results (i.e. his 4 slam results + 8 Master results + 6 best of the remaining results from ATP 500, ATP 250, challenger tourneys and Davis Cup).
If a player participates in the non-mandatory ATP Monte Carlo Master and wants those points to be counted in his total ranking points, then only the 5 best remaining result from ATP 500, ATP 250, challenger tourneys and Davis Cup will be included in his ranking points.
Those who end the season in the year-end top 8, can gain additional points in the tour-finals.

wilfried Says:

should be chapter IX instaed of XI.

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