WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios needed 14 minutes to finish his rain-delayed City Open match against Reilly Opelka, skillfully winning 7-6(1), 6-2 on Friday .
Saving energy was key for Kyrgios and others playing in hot, humid conditions in the hard-court US Open tuneup. In Washington, 2019 champion Kyrgios was to return to the court Friday night for a quarterfinal match against Frances Tiafoe, who grew up outside the nation’s capital in Maryland.
The game was again postponed due to a lightning strike on Friday afternoon.
Tifo, no. The 10th seeded defeated eighth seed Botic van de Zandschulp 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Also to play on Friday were two matches – weather permitting – top seed Andrey Rublev, who rallied in a second-set tiebreak to beat Maxim Crecy 6-4, 7-6 (8). Back at 5-3, Rublev used his reflexes to lob back an overhead smash by Cressy, which missed from wide.
“In my mind, the second set was done and I will do my best to finish the second set and I will fight for the third,” Rublev said.
The Russians are seeking their fourth ATP title this year, which will attract them the most in 2022, along with Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz. He will next face American wild card JJ Wolf, who rallied for victory to reach his first Tour-level quarter-finals. Last four games and beat Holger Rune 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.
Another American Sebastian Korda defeated fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.
In the women’s section, fourth-seeded veteran Victoria Azarenka beat Tereza Martinkova 7-6(7), 6-2 in the first set of 80 minutes, and sixth-seeded Kaya Kanepi beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-7(4) . 6-4, 6-3 in a match that lasted 2 hours 33 minutes.
US Open champion Emma Raduknau was to face Lyudmila Samsonova on Friday night, followed by Azarenka’s second match of the day, this time against Xiu Wang.
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