Nishikori Overcomes Querrey, Raonic Edges Sock In Washington
Washington, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff | 30.07.2014
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Fourth seed Kei Nishikori survived a tricky opener against American Sam Querrey on Wednesday afternoon at the Citi Open, prevailing 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 in one hour and 52 minutes.

Nishikori, who had lost three of his four previous matches against Querrey, dropped serve once and capitalised on two of his five break point chances to reach the third round for a second straight year in Washington D.C.

The World No. 11, who won the hard-court title in Memphis earlier this year, is playing his first tournament on this surface since Miami this past March. He defeated Grigor Dimitrov, David Ferrer and Roger Federer in succession before withdrawing prior to his semi-final match against Novak Djokovic with a groin injury.

Second seed Milos Raonic edged in-form American Jack Sock in one hour and 42 minutes, firing 16 aces to Sock's eight in a 7-6(3), 7-6(3) win. Both players dropped serve once.

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World No. 7 Raonic registered his 150th tour-level win in his first match since the Wimbledon semi-finals (l. to Federer). He will next face 2004 Washington champion Lleyton Hewitt, who will enter on a six-match winning streak. The 33-year-old former World No. 1 claimed their lone meeting two years ago at the Australian Open. Watch Raonic Interview

"I knew it was going to be a big challenge for me," said Raonic. "He's gotten a lot of matches in this summer. I knew it was going to be a challenge for me today.

"I'm happy that after getting down that break, I was able to come back," Raonic added. "I created a lot of opportunities for myself, I just didn't make the most of them, and then just played two very solid tie-breaks."

Sock, 21, had reached back-to-back semi-finals in Newport and Atlanta coming into this ATP World Tour 500 tournament, propelling him to a career-high No. 60 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He also won the Wimbledon doubles title at the start of the month, and reunited with Vasek Pospisil last week to claim the Atlanta crown.

American Donald Young advanced in early action Wednesday, ousting No. 17 seed Julien Benneteau of France 6-4, 6-3 to notch consecutive match wins for the first time since Roland Garros.

Meanwhile, 33-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos knocked out No. 8 seed Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5), 6-4. Estrella Burgos, a semi-finalist earlier this month in Bogota, is the first player from the Dominican Republic to break into the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.

He will next confront 10th-seeded Colombian Santiago Giraldo, who closed out a 6-2, 7-6(3) victory over German Benjamin Becker.

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