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USTA FL Friday Blog: Isner Stands Alone; TV Tennis This Weekend

August 2, 2013 09:08 AM
Isner Rolling Toward Washington Weekend

Isner05No. 8 seed John Isner is the last American standing after Thursday play at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., advancing into the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman.

In the quarterfinals Isner, the Atlanta title winner last week, will meet No. 16 seed Marcos Baghdatis.

Other quarterfinal matches televised Friday will be No. 1 Juan Martin del Potro vs. No. 7 Kevin Anderson, Tommy Haas vs. No. 11 Grigor Dimitrov, and Dmitry Tursunov vs. Marinko Matosevic. Due to rain Wednesday in Washington, del Potro needed to defeat both American Ryan Harrison and Australian Bernard Tomic in the same day on Thursday.

"For the start of my hardcourt season, I think it was a really good day," del Potro said. "I beat two young players with big potential."

Five Americans exited on Thursday when Del Potro defeated Harrison 6-1, 7-5, Haas outlasted Tim Smyczek 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, Nishikori beat Jack Sock 7-5, 6-2, Anderson out-served Mardy Fish 7-6(2), 6-1, and Dimitrov beat Sam Querrey 6-3, 6-2.

Fish subsequently pulled out of next week's event in Montreal citing personal reasons.

"I still feel a little uneasy and that's to be expected," Fish said earlier in the week. "It's not going to be roses right away, and these are tough tournaments."

It was also revealed that American Robby Ginepri has been suffering a heart arrhythmia problem similar to Fish.

There are no American women in the quarters at the Citi Open after the last remaining three were beaten on Thursday.

No. 8 seed Madison Keys was upset by Romanian Monica Niculescu 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(6); Alison Riske was outlasted by No. 5 seed Sorana Cirstea 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; and unseeded Melanie Oudin hung with top-seeded Angelique Kerber in the first set before falling 7-5, 6-0.

At the Southern California Open in Carlsbad, Calif., the last American exited when Coco Vandeweghe fell to No. 7 seed Ana Ivanovic 7-6(5), 6-3.

Martina Hingis launched her doubles comeback on Wednesday at Carlsbad, with partner Daniela Hantuchova defeating Julia Goerges and Darija Jurak 6-1, 6-1.

"It was awesome," Hingis said. "It took Daniela a lot of courage and inspiration to kind of dig me out of the grave, but I'm really happy to have a partner like her, it makes it so much easier. I was nervous going into the match, but she was really solid out there, and that gave me so much more confidence. After the first set it was pure pleasure."

Hingis insists a singles comeback would require too much off-court effort.

On Friday they will play Stanford champions and No. 3-seeded Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.

Isner Atop Emirates US Open Series Standings

Emirates US Open Series Standings (through last Sunday):

1. John Isner (USA) 70 points
2. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 45
3T. Ryan Harrison (USA) 25
3T. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 25
5T. James Blake (USA) 15

1. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 70 points
2. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 45
3T. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 25
3T. Jamie Hampton (USA) 25
5T. Vera Dushevina (RUS) 15
5T. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 15
5T. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 15


Djokovic_bookNovak Djokovic
drinks pea-protein shakes, avoids dairy, but indulges in warm licorice tea. That and avoiding gluten makes you the No. 1 player in the world. Meanwhile Novak's dad is stirring things up, saying rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were nice guys while Novak was on the rise, but not after he overtook them in the rankings.

Forget the pea-flavored shakes, American Coco Vandeweghe says a burger will do just fine -- and if she's winning, then lots of burgers.

When in Gstaad, the Swiss home country of Roger Federer, ATP players do what the Swiss do: make cheese.

"You don't want me winning your tournament," joked Sam Querrey in Washington this week. Three of the five tournaments where Querrey has won singles titles have closed shop -- Los Angeles (Farmers Classic), Belgrade (Serbia Open), and Las Vegas (Tennis Channel Open).

Tennis on TV This Weekend


1-3pm -- ATP Washington (live), Tennis Channel
4-6pm -- ATP Washington (live), ESPN2
5-9pm -- ATP Kitzbuhel (delay), Tennis Channel
7-9pm -- ATP Washington (live), ESPN2
9-11pm -- ATP Washington (live), Tennis Channel
11pm-1am -- WTA Carlsbad (live), ESPN2
1-3am -- WTA Carlsbad (delay), Tennis Channel

1-3pm -- ATP Kitzbuhel (final, delay), Tennis Channel
3-5pm -- ATP Washington (live), ESPN2
5-7pm -- WTA Carlsbad (live), ESPN2
7-9pm -- ATP Washington (live), Tennis Channel
10-midnight -- WTA Carlsbad (live), Tennis Channel

3-5pm -- ATP Washington (live), ESPN2
5-7pm -- WTA Carlsbad (live), ESPN2
The USTA Florida Friday blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach, former publications editor for the ATP World Tour and former editor/publisher of International Tennis and Play Tennis Florida magazine. The opinions expressed here do not necessarily represent those of USTA Florida, USTA national, or anyone that can fire him. Got feedback, want a USTA or tennis-related question answered in the blog, or want to express your opinion? E-mail HERE.






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