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USTA FL Friday Blog: Americans in the Citi; Tennis on TV

August 3, 2012 09:09 AM
The Friday USTA Florida blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach, and guest USTA Florida staff.

Fish, Querrey, Blake, Stephens, King Remain Americans in the Citi

Mardy Fish
The Olympics aren't the only tennis this weekend, as American men and women move into the final rounds at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.

Yesterday No. 1 seed Mardy Fish beat wildcard Ricardas Berankis to move into the quarterfinals, and likewise No. 8 Sam Querrey defeated German Benjamin Becker to advance, both in straight sets.

The Florida-raised Fish says he is full of confidence, despite a lingering ankle injury.

"I feel like I can go out against someone like I played tonight and not lose," he said. "That's important. You'd be surprised, in years past I felt like I could really beat anyone, but I could also lose to anyone on any given day. And I feel like if I play relatively normal right now -- I have the confidence, anyway, it might not be true -- I have the confidence that I don't lose many matches like that anymore."

The Friday quarterfinals starting at 2 p.m. in D.C. feature (1) Fish vs. Xavier Malisse, (8) Querrey vs. (3) Kevin Anderson, (4) Tommy Haas vs. Tobias Kamke, and James Blake vs. (2) Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Florida's Sloan Stephens is still alive in the women's semifinals in D.C. after on Thursday topping Canadian wildcard Eugenie Bouchard. Fellow American Vania King joined her in the semis, and on Friday, King will face (1) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, and Stephens will meet unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.

TV times for D.C. are Friday from 2-4 p.m. (Tennis Channel), 5-9 p.m. (ESPN2), and 9-11 p.m. (Tennis Channel); Saturday 3-5 p.m. (ESPN2), and 7-9 p.m. (Tennis Channel); and Sunday 4-6 p.m. (ESPN2).

Today the Olympics feature some blockbuster men's and women's semifinals: Roger Federer vs. Juan Martin del Potro, Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray, Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka, and Maria Sharapova vs. Maria Kirilenko.






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