Day 6 Recap Story

The sixth day of play at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center was full of upsets and surprises. Although a rain delay pushed back evening play, Thursday night’s 1:30 a.m. finish still ended earlier than the Tuesday record-setting ending time of 2:27 a.m., one minute later than the latest ever ending play at the US Open.

In men’s singles, Japan’s Kei Nishikori faced sixteenth seed Argentinian Leonardo Mayer on Stadium Court. Nishikori swept Mayer in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4. Over on Grandstand 1, Australian Sam Groth defeated seventh seed Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, 6-3, 6-4. Nishikori and Groth will play each other today in what promises to be an exciting match.

In a match delayed by rain, top American John Isner defeated twelfth seed Canadian Vasek Pospisil, 6-4, 7-6(6). This evening, Isner will play Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who on Thursday swept Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.

2014 US Open winner and third seed Marin Cilic of Croatia ousted thirteenth seed American Sam Querrey in two hard-fought sets, 7-6(2), 7-6(3). America’s Steve Johnson prevailed over sixth seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in three sets, 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Today, Johnson will play fellow American and fifteenth seed Jack Sock, who on Thursday defeated France’s Richard Gasquet 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-4, in a match lasting over two and a half hours.

In men’s doubles, America's top seeded duo the Bryan Brothers — Bob and Mike — triumphed over Great Britain's Jamie Murray and Australia's John Peers, 6-2, 7-5. American Mardy Fish and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov withdrew from their quarterfinal match due to Dimitrov’s shoulder injury. Their scheduled opponents, India’s Rohan Bopanna and Romania’s Florin Mergea, a third seed, will advance to the next round.

In women’s singles, first seed Russian Ekaterina Makarova defeated Naomi Broady of Great Britain in two sets, 6-4, 7-6(2). America’s Christina McHale advanced over Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva in three sets, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5. On Friday, McHale will play against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who on Thursday upset third seed Swiss Belinda Bencic, 6-2, 6-4. Pavlyuchenkova and McHale will play each other today.

Bencic and French partner Kristina Mladenovic advanced to the women’s doubles semifinals. The second seed duo swept Americans Sanaz Marand and Taylor Townsend, 6-2, 6-2. Also in women’s doubles, American Irina Falconi and Romanian Niculescu moved forward against Taiwan’s Chia-Jung Chuang and China’s Chen Liang, 6-4, 3-6, 10-4.

The tennis wasn’t limited to the professionals. The US Tennis Association held a tennis clinic for local children, showing them how to improve their serves and lobs. Another clinic was held by the AARP and led by tennis coach Wayne Bryan. This event was visited by third seed doubles player Andreja Klepac of Slovenia and DC Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander. Councilmember Alexander is also a member of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation board.

Attendees also had the opportunity to try out Platform Tennis, a dynamic new experience offered to fans of the Citi Open by the American Platform Tennis Association. The court is a 44 feet long by 20 feet wide and enclosed by a 12-feet-high screen. ATP and WTA tour pros are stopping by the platform court throughout the week to play exhibition matches.

Tonight, the area’s top mixologists and bartenders will toast fans with specialty cocktails at the Grand Marnier Craft Cocktail Happy Hour, where guests will sample drinks featuring Grand Marnier and Kappa Pisco.

We look forward to seeing you on the grounds today!