Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Top seed and two-time champion Juan Martin
del Potro won a pair of matches Thursday to reach the quarterfinals at the
$1.3 million Citi Open tennis event.
The second round had to be completed on Thursday after rain from Wednesday
caused a backup in the schedule. Del Potro, who titled here in 2008 and 2009,
handled American Ryan Harrison 6-1, 7-5 in a second-round encounter before
earning a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 14 seed Australian Bernard Tomic.
The quarterfinal opponent for the native of Argentina will be South African
Kevin Anderson. The No. 7 seed also won twice Thursday, first beating Aussie
wild card James Duckworth, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4; and then topping American Mardy
Fish, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center. Fish was
denied his 300th career win.
No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan beat American wild card Jack Sock in the
second round, but then was ousted from the tournament later in the day by No.
16 seed and 2010 runner-up Marcos Baghdatis, 6-1, 6-2.
Towering American John Isner, the No. 8 seed and 2007 runner-up, will face
Baghdatis in the quarterfinals. Isner upended India's Somdev Devvarman, 7-5,
7-5, in round three.
Third-seeded German Tommy Haas, last year's DC runner-up to Alexandr
Dolgopolv, also won twice on Thursday. He overcame American qualifier Tim
Smyczek 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in round two and then toppled No. 13 seed Ivan Dodig of
Croatia, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
Aussie Marinko Matosevic toppled fourth-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic, 7-5, 7-6
(9-7) in the third round. His next opponent will be Russian Dmitry Tursunov,
who ousted Czech Radek Stepanek, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Stepanek titled here two years
Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, the 11th seed, eliminated American Sam Querrey,
the No. 6 seed, 6-3, 6-2 in third-round play. Dimitrov will play Haas in the
The 2013 Citi Open champ will collect $292,200.
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