Anderson upsets top-seeded Thiem at Citi Open

  • Anderson upsets top-seeded Thiem at Citi Open

Anderson upsets top-seeded Thiem at Citi Open

The clock had nearly struck midnight when the 15th seed finally closed out the third-round match with his 21st ace to seal a 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 ( 9-7) victory in a little under three hours. "It's obviously a very big tournament so I'm very pleased to be through to the finals".

"I've practised with him before, but that was a few years ago". He held serve to win the set when play resumed, then missed on three break chances in the 11th game of the second set as Thiem forced a tie-breaker that was decided when an Anderson forehand clipped the net cord and landed wide.

Thiem had a match point at 5-6 in the third-set tiebreaker but couldn't convert.

Anderson didn't want to waste a challenge over the call though and Thiem would concede the point.

Thiem staved off defeat the first time after an 11-stroke rally culminated with a whipped forehand victor into the corner that Anderson could only watch helplessly as it whistled past. Anderson sealed the win on his second match point. Although no one was broken in the second set, Thiem managed to break Anderson twice to make the score 4-3 in his favor. But most importantly I was able to get the win and give myself a shot at the title tomorrow. "I just didn't get the feel of the serve".

Canadian Milos Raonic fell in the Citi Open quarterfinals on Friday, losing in straight sets to Jack Sock of the U.S. Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada topped Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7), 6-3, but fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria fell 6-4, 6-2 to Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation.

Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori played Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro in an after-midnight matchup of past Washington champions.