Semifinal saturday – preview
Saturday is semifinal day at the New York Open as four singles players and four doubles pairs will seek spots in the inaugural tournament’s final on Sunday.
Second-seeded American Sam Querrey will square off against the fourth-seed Adrian Mannarino from France in Saturday’s first semifinal.
Mannarino has won all three of the previous matchups with Querrey, the last of which came last year in Cincinnati.
Querrey has looked sharp thus far on Long Island, though. He has yet to lose a service game and hasn’t dropped a set in reaching the semifinals, setting up an intriguing matchup with Mannarino on Saturday.
Kei Nishikori overcame Moldova’s Radu Albot on Friday night, playing a dominant third set to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and move into the final four.
“Today was the toughest match so far,” Nishikori said of his quarterfinal. “It’s good to have matches like this.”
Now into his first semifinal since Washington, D.C. last year, the fifth-seed from Japan will meet top-seed Kevin Anderson or young American Frances Tiafoe.
First up in a pair of doubles semifinals will be the American duo of Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson playing the second-seeded pair of Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Austria’s Philipp Oswald.
Harrison and Johnson are coming off an upset over fourth-seeds Robert Lindstedt and Franko Skugar where they outlasted the Swedish/Croatian tandem 10-7 in the third set.
Mirnyi and Oswald beat Ben Mclachlan and Hugo Nys 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 in their quarterfinal.
The second doubles semifinal will see Albot and Nikoloz Basilashvili take on Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak, who enter this match following two very different quarterfinals in the previous round.
Albot and Basilashvili had a walkover into the semifinals while Sitak and Koolhof played three sets against the French duo of Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin, outlasting them 10-6 in the deciding third set.
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Article from Long Island Tennis Magazine staff – longislandtennismagazine.com