Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Yuki Bhambri bows out of Citi Open in Washington DC

Yuki Bhambri bows out of Citi Open in Washington DC

Canadian Milos Raonic fell in the Citi Open quarterfinals on Friday, losing in straight sets to Jack Sock of the U.S.

Yuki Bhambri has bowed out of the ATP Citi Open tennis tournament at Washington DC.

The clock had nearly struck midnight when the 15th seed finally closed out the third-round match with his 21st ace to seal a 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 ( 9-7) victory in a little under three hours.

India's Yuki Bhambri's spirited run at the Citi Open in Washington came to an end after he lost to South Africa's Kevin Anderson 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 on Saturday.

In the third set it really seemed like Thiem, the number one seed of the tournament, and seventh seed in the world, would win the match.

After taking out defending champion Gael Monfils in the second round, Bhambri produced a successful encore to beat Argentine Guido Pella 6-7 (5-8) 6-3 6-1 and set up a quarter-final encounter with Anderson.

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Anderson and Bhambri have never faced each other before. Despite some shaky serving from both players, the South African 31-year-old giant served up 19 aces despite some double faults, and was more comfortable than his opponent on his native surface.

" I have practiced with him before but that was a few years ago".

Anderson would use that height and serve of his to break back, making it 5-5.

Anderson said he can see the difference in Thiem since winning twice over him in 2014 and 2015, helped by wins over top stars Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Anderson, not wanting to waste a challenge, hesitated over what to do.

But Thiem sent a backhand wide on the penultimate point and Anderson blasted an ace wide to reach his fourth Washington quarter-final, matching his best result. But most importantly I was able to get the win and give myself a shot at the title tomorrow.

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