By: Ben Raby (www.twitter.com/benraby31)
Peter Gojowczyk continues to make the most of a second opportunity. Gojowczyk outlasted No.13 seed Kyle Edmund 63/46/63 in just under two hours Friday afternoon in the first quarterfinal match on Stadium Court.
With the win, Gojowczyk continued an unlikely run in Washington and reached his first Tour semifinal in more than a year. It is also his best result in an ATP-500 level event.
“It’s an incredible week for me,” he said after the win.
That Gojowczyk is playing into the weekend is especially surprising considering he wasn’t even in the original main draw. The world No.122 fell in the qualifying draw last weekend, but was given a lifeline when Bernard Tomic withdrew from the main draw.
On Tuesday morning, Gojowczyk took his spot as a ‘Lucky Loser.’ That night, he outlasted Andrey Rublev in a third-set tiebreak.
He then took down 2018 Citi Open finalist Alex de Minaur and 2014 D.C. champion Milos Raonic.
Then in the quarterfinals on Friday, Gojowczyk blasted 14 aces and was broken just once in earning his first win against Edmund in three career meetings.
“I was not expecting to play any matches here and now I’m in the semis,” he said. “Sometimes it’s like that. To be a lucky loser and to be relaxed in the first match and to be relaxed on the court, hit the ball hard and don’t think about it. That’s maybe the key.”
Gojowczyk, who is now positioned to return inside the Top 100 next week, will face one of the top players on Tour this year in No.3 seed Daniil Medvedev.
Medvedev fired 19 aces and never faced a break point against as he held off No.6 seed Marin Cilic 64/76 in Friday’s second men’s quarterfinal. Medvedev’s 19th and final ace of the match saved a set point against as Cilic led 7-6 in the second-set tiebreak. Two points later, Medvedev was through to his first Citi Open semifinal.
Medvedev, who hasn’t lost a set this week in D.C., has now reached the semis or better in seven events this season. The 23-year-old is playing his first event since cracking the Top 10 last month and is looking to reach his fourth final of 2019.
AROUND THE GROUNDS…
In men’s doubles, four-time Citi Open champions Bob and Mike Bryan fell to Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau 7-6, 4-6, 10-8 on John Harris Court. The Bryan brothers were making their 15th Citi Open appearance as a team.
Rojer and Tecau, who captured the Citi Open doubles crown in 2014, advance the semifinals where they will meet the Australian tandem of Alex de Minaur and 2017 D.C. titlist John Peers.
De Minaur and Peers won their quarterfinal match on Thursday as they upset the No.1 seeded team of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.
In the WTA singles draw, Jessica Pegula beat Lauren Davis 62/76(6) in an All-American quarterfinal on the Grandstand.
Pegula, who also reached the Citi Open semifinals in 2016, will face Russian qualifier Anna Kalinskaya in Saturday afternoon’s first semifinal match on Stadium Court. Kalinskaya advanced with a 64/46/62 win over Kristina Mladenovic of France in the quarters.