Nick Kyrgios Washington Open, ATP results, scores, beats Frances Tiafoe, Kyrgios vs Mikael Ymer, standings
Australian Nick Kyrgios and top seed Andrey Rublev each won twice on Friday (US time) to reach the ATP and WTA Washington Open semifinals.
World number eight Rublev beat 32nd Maxime Cressy, 6-4, 7-6 (10/8) in an hour and 42 minutes, then knocked out 99th JJ Wolf, 6-2, 6-3, in 78 minutes .
“I didn’t spend a lot of time on the court,” Rublev said of his three-hour total. “That was the master key today.”
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Thursday night’s rain imposed double duty on Rublev and several others, but Friday’s storms provided everyone with a welcome break between games.
Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios fired 35 aces en route to beating hometown hero Frances Tiafoe 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (14/12), 6-2 and reaching the other semi-final against Sweden’s 115th-ranked Mikael Ymer.
63rd-ranked Australian Kyrgios, who won the most recent of his six ATP titles in Washington in 2019, needed just 14 minutes to earn a quick victory over American fourth seed Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7/1), 6-2.
Kyrgios then outlasted 27th-placed Tiafoe after two-and-a-half hours, shouting “I want to go to bed”, in the third set of a match that ended at 1am.
Tiafoe won the last five points of the first set tiebreaker, the last on his sixth ace, and had four match points in the second set tiebreaker.
But Kyrgios responded with an ace, backhand winner, forehand volley winner and return of serve winner and forced a third set when Tiafoe sent a long forehand.
Tiafoe, who won a third set earlier to defeat Dutch eighth seed Botic van de Zandschulp, hit a cross forehand wide to give Kyrgios a break to open the third set and missed a backhand to drop a break in the seventh before Kyrgios held on to advance.
The Aussie hit 60 winners and saved five match points in all.
Ella Brockway of The Washington Post tweeted, “This Kyrgios-Tiafoe game is absolutely insane.
“There are few things in sport quite like The Nick Kyrgios Experience.”
Ymer, who lost his only ATP final last August at Winston-Salem, beat 54th-placed American Sebastian Korda 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 after two hours and 27 minutes.
Rublev, whose only other two-match matchday was in Washington in 2018, came through the first set against Wolf in 28 minutes, then broke to lead 2-1 and rode from there.
Next in Rublev’s path is 96th-seeded Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka, who beat 16th-seeded Britain’s Daniel Evans 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-5 after three hours and 35 minutes.
“Rather than spending two matches like me rather than one match like him,” Rublev said.
Nishioka improved to 5-0 all-time against the 40th-ranked Englishman in the rain-broken affair to reach his first ATP semi-final since 2020 at Delray Beach. His only ATP title came in Shenzhen in 2018.
“I never gave up and that’s how I think I won,” Nishioka said. “I just focused on making lots of balls and having long rallies. I knew he didn’t want to because he was getting tired.
Rublev is seeking his 12th career crown and fourth title of the season after Marseille, Dubai and Belgrade to tie Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz for the most ATP trophies this year.
Estonian Kaia Kanepi beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3 to reach a semi-final against Australian Daria Saville, who beat Canadian qualifier Rebecca Marino 6-1, 7-5.
It’s Saville’s first semi-final since 2018 in Acapulco while Kanepi, his age and world ranking at 37, seeks his fifth career WTA title but first since the 2013 Brussels Open.
World No. 20 Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, won her opener against Czech Tereza Martincova 7-6 (9/7), 6-2, but her double bid was spoiled by the loser 21-year-old Chinese. Wang Xiyu.
Wang, in search of his first WTA title, toppled Azarenka, 33, 6-1, 6-3. The 95th-ranked left-hander reached her first WTA semi-final in June in Valencia.
Wang next faces 60th-ranked Liudmila Samsonova, who beat 10th-ranked US Open champion Emma Raducanu 7-6 (8/6), 6-1. The 19-year-old British second seed was looking for her first semi-final since her Grand Slam triumph,