By: Ben Raby (www.twitter.com/benraby31)
No.1 seed Andrey Rublev (right) is back in the Citi Open semifinals after earning a pair of straight-sets wins on Friday.
The World No.8 began his day with a 6-4, 7-6(8) win over the serve-and-volleying Maxime Cressy. In the nightcap, Rublev ended the hopes of Americans wild-card J.J. Wolf with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph on Stadium Court.
Rublev, who reached his maiden ATP-500 semifinal at the 2018 Citi Open will next face Washington Kastles alum Yoshihito Nishioka in the Final-4 on Saturday.
Nishioka advanced with a grueling 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-5 win over No.16 Daniel Evans that saw both players spend 3 hours and 34 minutes on John Harris Court.
“I love this,” Nishioka said during his on-court post-match interview, after rallying from a break down at 3-4 in the third set. “I’m really proud of myself. I never gave up, I was believing in myself and I found a way.”
Nishioka, who saved a match point against Alex de Minaur in a second-round match on Wednesday is now into his first career ATP-500 semifinal.