Saturday at the Citi Open (day six updates)
Most of the heavy action starts later at 2 p.m. when the highest remaining American singles player Jack Sock v. Kevin Anderson for the right to play the winner of Alexander Zverez and 2015 winner Kei Nishikori.
Sloane Stephens and Eugenie Bouchard are still rolling along in the doubles portion. They are trailing 5–1 in the first set of today’s round. Bob and Mike Bryan are scheduled to face the combination of Donald Young and Rohan Bopanna. The Bryan brothers have four career doubles titles in Washington and are on the verge of another.
2:10: Sock and Anderson are underway on the stadium court. Stephens and Bouchard are struggling down 4–2 in the second set after dropping the first one 6–3. Approaching one hour of play in that one.
2:25: Shuko Aoyama and Renata Voráčová defeat Stephens and Bouchard to win the doubles final. All smiles for everyone involved. Good week of tennis for Bouchard in her return from injury. Enjoy your flatware, ladies.
3:00: Anderson-Sock is the only match currently being played. Anderson up 6–3 after the first set. Nicer day for tennis, probably only 95 degrees on the stadium court right now.
3:51: Sock at the podium after his 6–3, 6–4 loss to Anderson.
“Worst court on tour,” he said. Also said he’s probably never coming back and that it’s been terrible all week.
4:10: Transcript of Sock’s displeasure with the conditions:
A: He played really well, but I’m pretty shocked with this tennis court, I don’t think I’ll be back in this tournament in the future.
A: Yeah, probably the worst court of the year.
Q: Is it the speed, or?
A: Yeah, the speed, the bounces, everything. Pretty shocking.
Q: Have you felt this way all week?
A: Yeah, all week. I got through some matches but, yeah. Probably the worst tennis court on tour, I’d say.
4:40: Anyways, now that we have that to inform the questions for the remainder of the week, back to the stuff. The Bryans are trailing in their first set 4–3.
4:45: Bryans retake the serve trailing 5–4.
4:53: Bryans lead 3–0 in the first set tiebreaker.
5:00: Bryans lose serve in first set and go down 1–0. Tightly played match so far.
5:15: Bryans down in 3–1 in the second set.
5:40: The Bryans are gone in straight sets.
5:50: The Bryans went out to the combination of Marcelo Melo and
Łukasz Kubot 7–6(7–5), 6–4. Close the whole way. Melo and Kubot are riding a hot streak, including winning the doubles portion at Wimbledon in July in a 4 hour, 40 minute slog. They will be the favorites entering tomorrow’s final against Henri Kontinen and John Peers.
7:10: Less to digest today. Zverev and Nishikori are underway on the stadium court on a nice night. 3–0 Zverev in the first set. Nishikori got off to a slow start last night as well, so nothing too eyebrow raising yet. Good crowd on hand to watch the 2015 champ v. the upstart.
7:33: 4–2 Zverev in the first set. Nishikori in a hole, but he came out of one early in the match last night.
7:45: 6–3 Zverev. It’s been half an hour. Great intensity and energy, however. Zverev has the impressive two-handed backhand working again.
7:52: 2–1 Zverev in the second set. Nishikori had two faults in the tie breaking game. Giveaway points. Not only is Zverev not making mistakes, he’s playing impressively aggressive tennis.
8:25: We’re done. Zverev to the final. He’ll face Anderson tomorrow night. Beat him in Rome in 2015.