Big-serving South African Kevin Anderson squandered two match points before finally overcoming Austrian top seed Dominic Thiem in a compelling three-set slugfest at the ATP event in Washington on Thursday. "It's obviously a very big tournament so I'm very pleased to be through to the finals".
"We both missed a little bit in the first set, but second set, I played great", said Nishikori.
Anderson saved a match point when Thiem netted a backhand to level the last tie-breaker at 6-6, then hit a forehand victor to set up a match point that Thiem erased with a service victor. The 25-year-old has reached the quarter-final of Citi Open 2017, a hardcourt Masters 500 tournament.
However, he made a good comeback in the second set, breaking the World no. 45's serve in the first game itself. In his second Tour quarterfinal, Bhambri meets Kevin Anderson.
After saving a match point in the third set, Anderson got the win 6-3 6-7 (8) 7-6 (7) in just under three hours yesterday.
The quarterfinal matchups are Anderson vs. Bhambri, Raonic vs.
Thiem had a match point at 5-6 in the third-set tiebreaker but couldn't convert. "It's a challenge. If I'm taking care of business on my side of the ball, then I give myself the best chance", Anderson said. "I just didn't get the feel of the serve".
"I've practiced with him before but that was a few years ago". Although no one was broken in the second set, Thiem managed to break Anderson twice to make the score 4-3 in his favor.
Bhambri, the former world junior number one and junior Australian Open champion, came back from behind to beat Guido Pella 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-1 in the R16 on Friday, August 4 to gift himself a quarter-final berth.