What To Watch For - Saturday

It’s Semifinal Saturday at the Citi Open! The heat has dissipated, but it’s been replaced by significant wind, which could have a significant effect on today’s tennis. Here are some fast facts on the singles semis.  

[8] Jack Sock vs. [15] Kevin Anderson

- Sock is playing in his fifth semifinal of the year.

- If he wins the tournament, he’ll be first American to capture the title since Andy Roddick in 2007.

- Sock has only been broken once this week. 

- Anderson has struck 50 aces this week, more than double compared to the rest of the field.

- Anderson, a former world No. 10, dropped as low as 80 in the rankings this year as he worked to return from knee, ankle and shoulder issues.

- The players have split their past two meetings on hard court.

[5] Oceane Dodin vs. [7] Ekaterina Makarova  

- Dodin is just 20 years old and six feet tall. 

- The Frenchwoman reached her career-high rank of No. 46 earlier this year, and upset world No. 5 Dominika Cibulkova in Madrid.

- Makarova is a two-time singles Grand Slam semifinalist and a two-time Grand Slam doubles champion with partner Elena Vesnina.

- She’s been ranked as high as No. 8 in the world in singles and No. 3 in the world in doubles.

- This is the first meeting between these two players. 

[2] Nishikori vs. [5] Alexander Zverev

- Nishikori, a champion here in 2015, is on a 29-event winless streak, having not won a title since Memphis in 2013.

- The world No. 9 saved three match points and earned the 25th win of his season against Tommy Paul on Friday night.

- A win in D.C. would be Zverev’s fourth title of the year. 

- Zverev tallied the 100th win of his career this week against Tennys Sandgren in the third round.

- It’s the first meeting between these two players. 


[4] Julia Goerges vs. Andrea Petkovic

- This is an all-German semifinal, with Petkovic winning their last two meetings.

- Petkovic, a 29-year-old former top-10 player, is currently ranked outside the top 100. This is her first semifinal of 2017.

- Petkovic reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2014 and is also a two-time major quarterfinalist.

- Goerges has reached the fourth round twice in Grand Slam. She’s also an accomplished doubles player, twice reaching Grand Slam semifinals.

- Goerges, 28, has reached two finals in 2016, including one in Bucharest in July