Russian tennis star Andrey Rublev (AFP)
Top seed Andrey Rublev set up a double quarterfinal match at the ATP and WTA Washington Open on Friday by ousting 13th seeded USA Maxime Cressy in the US tune-up Open.
World number eight Rublev beat Cressy 6-4, 7-6 (10/8) after an hour and 42 minutes in a match postponed from Thursday due to rain.
Next for Rublev is 99th-ranked American wildcard JJ Wolf, who beat Danish ninth seed Holger Rune 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 36 minutes in their rain-delayed encounter.
Wimbledon runner-up Nick Kyrgios, hometown hero Frances Tiafoe and American Sebastian Korda – whose matches were interrupted by Thursday’s storms – finished on Friday and advanced to the night quarter-finals .
Rublev broke at 2-1 and held from there to win the first set in 35 minutes without facing a break point.
In the second set, Rublev saved a break point in game two with a backhand winner and fought back in the tiebreaker, where he denied Cressy a set point with his eighth ace and won the victory on his ninth.
Rublev, who has only committed nine unforced errors, is aiming for his fourth title of the season after Marseille, Dubai and Belgrade to tie Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz for the most ATP trophies this year.
Consecutive double faults by world number 28 Rune gave Wolf the first set. The Dane forced a third set to give up a break in the penultimate game and fall to a Wolf ace in an eight-minute final game.
Australia’s No. 63-ranked Kyrgios beat USA fourth seed Reilly Opelka in the opener after resuming for a 3-1 lead in the second set and went on to win 7-6 (7/ 1), 6-2.
Kyrgios, who won the most recent of his six ATP titles in Washington in 2019, booked a round of 16 with 10th seed Tiafoe, who reached his first quarter-final in his hometown by knocking out the eighth seed. Dutch series Botic van de Zandschulp 4-6, 6 -2, 6-3. The rain had stopped them after two sets.
World No. 54 Korda, 22-year-old son of 1998 Australian Open winner Petr Korda, knocked out fifth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 as he raced into the last two sets on Friday.
Korda’s reward was a place in the quarterfinals against Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in 115th.
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka advanced to the quarter-finals of a postponed women’s match, beating Czech Tereza Martincova 7-6 (9/7), 6-2.
World number 20 Azarenka, 33, won an 80-minute first set then dominated the second to secure her first WTA quarter-final spot since January in Adelaide.
Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion and three-time US Open runner-up, was set for her second match of the day, against lucky Chinese loser Wang Xiyu, for a place in the semi-finals.
Estonian Kaia Kanepi beat Anna Kalinskaya 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3 to reach the semi-finals.
Kanepi, his age and world rank at 37, is aiming for his fifth career WTA title, but the first since the 2013 Brussels Open. His only hard-court title came in Brisbane in 2012.
Results from Friday’s Day 5 of the ATP and WTA Washington Open (x denotes top seed; players representing Russia and Belarus are prohibited from competing under their country’s name or flag):
Andrey Rublev (x1) vs Maxime Cressy (USA x13) 6-4, 7-6 (10/8)
JJ Wolf (USA) v Holger Rune (DEN x9) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
Frances Tiafoe (USA x10) v Botic van de Zandschulp (NED x8) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) beats Reilly Opelka (USA x4) 7-6 (7/1), 6-2
Sebastian Korda (USA) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x5) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Kaia Kanepi (EST x6) vs Anna Kalinskaya 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3
Victoria Azarenka (x4) v Tereza Martincova (CZE) 7-6 (9/7), 6-2