Kevin Anderson too good for top seed Thiem

Kristopher Nichols
August 7, 2017

Next, Anderson will face Yuki Bhambri, and while it might seem like an easy match, the Indian was ITF junior No 1 and was ranked 88th, but he has struggled with his share of injuries and ups and downs on the ATP Tour.

It was the second early morning finish in as many matches for Nishikori, who faces USA wildcard Tommy Paul next.

Anderson's power game is ideally suited to the super-slick centre court surface at Rock Creek Park that has officially been measured as faster than Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

Anderson's return was called long, but Thiem signaled that it was in. "I have nothing to lose", said the 25-year-old Delhi lad.

The third set tiebreaker is where things really became tense.

After beating sixth-seeded French star Gael Monfils and Argentine Guido Pella on his way to the quarter-finals - his career-best run at an ATP 500 event - Bhambri would have looked to continue the good momentum but he got broken twice in the first set as he went a set down 35 minutes into the match.

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Highly-rated German and fifth seed Zverev was too good for Nishikori, triumphing 6-3 6-4 in Washington on Saturday.

Anderson endured a three-hour rain delay and saved a match point before firing his 21st ace to finish off seventh-ranked Thiem 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (9/7) after two hours and 46 minutes and reach the Washington hardcourt quarter-finals. "Hopefully I can win a few more matches here".

Anderson and Bhambri have never faced each other before.

Anderson didn't want to waste a challenge over the call though and Thiem would concede the point. Anderson sealed the win on his second match point. He comes in and attacks.

Eighth-seeded Jack Sock dumped Jared Donaldson 7-6 (6), 6-2 in an all-American matchup.

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