#NextGenATP Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime reached his second quarter-final of the season on Wednesday, defeating 6 & # 39; 11 "Reilly Opelka of the United States 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at the Citi Open in Washington, DC
The winner of each set did not face a breaking point in the set, with Auger-Aliassime breaking Opelka in the 10th game of the third. Opelka saved one match point at 4-5, 30/40 with a rebounded second serve.
But, on his second match point, Auger-Aliassime received a first-serve rocket, and Opelka pushed a tight backpack into the net. Auger-Aliassime earned 89 percent of its first-serve points (42/47).
"He was serving incredible. I even moved my position. I was trying to mix up the positions. Every time I was nasty at the same place. It was just frustrating. How did he manage to get me on that same line again? Auger-Aliassime said. "Again, I had to deal with it. I was able to return well in the third set. [There are] Frustrating moments in a tennis match, but that's the way it is. "
The 18-year-old Canadian will meet incoming sixth seed Marin Cilic, who is aiming to make his second quarter-final of the season (Madrid, with Djokovic).
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Fifth seed John Isner, another great serving American, had better luck, saving all six of the breaks faced off against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland to advance 6-4, 6-4. Isner struck out 14 aces and gained 66 percent of his second serve points (19/29).
"I had to save a lot of break points," said Isner, who saved all six in his first two serve games. "At some point in the match, I started playing really well. Probably 3-all in the first set, I started picking it up. In my opinion, I was lucky even at 3-all, so I'm happy with the win."
Thirteen of Isner's 15 ATP tour titles came on US soil, and 10 on hard courts. He also leads the draw in Washington wins, with a 25-10 record. Isner, however, has never won the Citi Open, finishing a championship in 2007, 2013 and 2015. He will later meet Frenchman Benoit Paire or Aussie Marc Polmans.
#NextGenATP Serbia's Miomir Kecmanovic collected his 16thth win of the season with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) win against 15th seed Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France. The 19-year-old will face Slovakian loser Norbert Gombos, who took fourth seed Kevin Anderson's place in the draw on Wednesday (right knee) and then beat Adrian Mannarino of France 6-4, 7-6 (9) , saving two sets. points in the tie, at 6/7 and 8/9.