.@KeiNishikori Opens @CitiOpen With a Win Over Sam Querrey
Stephan Fogleman, Tennis East Coast
After the press appearances, the photo-ops with the kids and a first round bye, it was finally time for Kei Nishikori to play some tennis in Washington.
It was close, but #4 seed Nishikori moved on in three, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 over American Sam Querrey on Stadium Court at the Citi Open. In a tight one, it’s saved break points that often make the difference. Kei was broken once, while Querrey gave up two. Kei won only 6 points more than Querrey, enough to walk away to play another day.
Nishikori is now 33-8 on the year, while Querrey drops to 17-17.
Kei plays Lukas Lacko tomorrow for a spot in Friday’s quarterfinals.