ATP Washington: Jannik Sinner, Reilly Opelka, Kei Nishikori advance



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ATP Washington: Jannik Sinner, Reilly Opelka, Kei Nishikori advance

On Wednesday, six seeded players failed to pass the second round at the Citi Open in Washington, led by the 3rd seed Alex de Minaur. The Aussie lost to Steve Johnson 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 after two hours and 17 minutes, winning the opening set but losing ground afterward.

Alex fended off a set point in the opener's 12th game to reach a tie break that he won 7-5 to gain the lead. Steve forged the advantage with a break at 4-4 in the second set, and it was all about him in the rest of the encounter for a place in the last 16.

Ilya Ivashka ousted the 4th seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 7-6 in an hour and 51 minutes, getting broken once and delivering three breaks that carried him over the top. Grigor came back from 5-3 down in the second set and fended off a match point at 4-5 to grab a break and extend his chances.

Still, Ivashka played better in the tie break to seal the deal in straight sets and reach the third round. After four consecutive losses, the 5th seed Jannik Sinner is back on a winning way thanks to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Emil Ruusuvuori in an hour and 18 minutes.

The Italian served at only 41% but drew most from that, losing 12 points behind the initial shot and facing no break points. After a solid performance, Jannik broke the Finn thrice and sealed the deal with a forehand winner in the second set's tenth game.

An in-form Brandon Nakashima toppled the 6th seed Daniel Evans 7-6, 6-0 in an hour and 28 minutes, wasting the advantage in the opener before sealing it in the tie break and racing past the Briton in set number two. The 8th seed Reilly Opelka beat Daniel Elahi Galan 7-6, 6-3, fending off four set points on serve in back-to-back games in the opener before gaining momentum and moving over the top without spending more time on the court.

Former champion Kei Nishikori ousted Alexander Bublik 6-2, 7-5, taking half of the return points and turning them into five breaks that carried him over the top. In an all-American clash, Denis Kudla bested Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-2 in 80 minutes, standing as the more aggressive player and outplaying the younger compatriot on serve and return to sail into the third round.