|Posted on July 31, 2014 at 8:00 PM|
Top seed Tomas Berdych opened his Citi Open campaign in resounding fashion, downing Robby Ginepri 6-1 6-4 in the second round on Wednesday. Berdych - a wildcard for the ATP 500 event and granted a bye in the first round - won 84 per cent of his first serves and broke four times throughout the contest as he eased past the American qualifier in straight sets in Washington. After wrapping up proceedings in just 68 minutes in his first match since reaching the third round at Wimbledon, the Czech world number five will face fellow seed Vasek Pospisil.
CITI OPEN 2014
Pospisil Topples Berdych To Reach Washington QFs
by ATP Staff | 31.07.2014
Vasek Pospisil completed a banner day for Canadians in Washington, D.C., joining countryman Milos Raonic in the Citi Open quarter-finals on Thursday evening.
The World No. 36 upset top seed and wild card Tomas Berdych 6-2, 6-4 in 81 minutes under the lights of the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center. The 24 year old broke his Czech opponent four times and won 68 per cent of points on serve.
The 13th-seeded Pospisil, who teamed with Jack Sock to claim the 2014 Wimbledon doubles crown earlier this month, goes on to face tenth seed Santiago Giraldo of Colombia, a 6-2, 6-0 winner Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic.
This week, Pospisil pulled double duty as he guest-edited the latest issue of the 'ATP Insider'. As part of the project, Pospisil interviewed countryman and doubles specialist Daniel Nestor, and answered questions submitted by his fans.
In other Thursday action, sixth seed Richard Gasquet eliminated American Tim Smyczek 6-3, 6-2 in their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. The Frenchman will battle fourth seed Kei Nishikori, who took the decider in his 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 triumph over Slovakian Lukas Lacko. The Japanese No. 1 won his fourth and fifth ATP World Tour titles earlier this season, in Memphis (d. Karlovic) and Barcelona (d. Giraldo).
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Handshake Tomas Berdych / Vasek Pospisil
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