By: Ben Raby (www.twitter.com/benraby31)
Britain’s Daniel Evans (right) is into the Citi Open quarterfinals for the first time. The No.16 seed moved on when third-round opponent Taylor Fritz was forced to retire with Evans leading 3-6, 7-6(5), 4-1.
Fritz was competing this week for the first time since reaching his maiden Grand Slam quarterfinal last month at Wimbledon. The No.1 American said earlier this week he’s been dealing with a stress fracture in his foot.
Evans, who saved a match point in the second-set tiebreak, will next face Washington Kastles alum Yoshihito Nishioka in the quarters.
Nishioka advanced with a 7-6(2), 7-6(1) win over No.7 Karen Khachanov, who was seeking his 200th career ATP win. Nishioka is into his second quarterfinal of the year (Acapulco). It is also the first time he has reached the quarters in five career appearances at the Citi Open.
Nishioka owns a 4-0 edge over Evans in their ATP Head2Head series, including wins this year in Miami and at the 2019 Citi Open.
Elsewhere, Mikael Ymer punched his ticket into his first career ATP-500 level quarterfinal with his third consecutive three-set triumph. Ymer held off Emil Ruusuvuori 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 across 2 hours and 54 minutes in the opening match Thursday on Grandstand.
Ymer, 23, has played a tournament-high 8 hours and 17 minutes across three matches this week.
“On court I felt okay today, but conditions are very tough,” said Ymer, who will next face either No.5 Grigor Dimitrov or rising American Sebastian Korda.
“I’m coming from playing Umag last week, which was hotter than this, so for me, it's really tough, of course, but it feels a little bit like acclimated for me coming from there.”