Alexander Zverev reaches Washington Open semi-final, Andy Murray withdraws

first_imgTop seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev beat Kei Nishikori to win their rain-hit Washington Open quarter-final in three sets on Friday. Andy Murray on the other hand, withdrew from the tournament due to fatigue.Zverev came from behind to beat Nishikori 3-6 6-1 6-4 to eliminate him for the second consecutive time from the tournament.Zverev will next play Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals on Saturday after the Greek upset third seed David Goffin 6-3 6-4.The Zverev-Nishikori result was delayed for more than two hours by rain with Zverev leading 3-2 with a break in the third set.When play resumed, Zverev took a second break thanks to a series of errors by Nishikori and closed out the match.Nishikori had earlier controlled play as Zverev stayed largely behind the baseline but that changed in the second set, when the German became far more aggressive, especially on return.The teenaged Tsitsipas took advantage of an uncharacteristic slew of unforced errors by Goffin to topple the world number 11.He saved all three break points he faced and fired seven aces to Goffin’s four in the upset. He also won 86 per cent of his first serve points.Murray, who finished his previous match at 3AM in the morning before sobbing his way out of the court, couldn’t go on any further and announced his withdrawal. The withdrawal gave Australia’s Alex de Minaur a free pass to the semi-finals. De Minaur will play the winner of Andrey Rublev and American Denis Kudler.advertisementDe Minaur moved into his third ATP semi-final, after reaching his first two in January at Brisbane and Sydney. The 19-year-old is projected to soar past his previous career-best world ranking of 68 and could make the top 50.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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