The match between the two has been talked about for five years, a fact that Kyrgios himself commented on, saying, “An exciting match tonight against Frances Tiafoe. We’ve never played before. We’ve been talking about it for probably the last five years,”
“I’m excited, it’s his hometown. I’m sure he’s gonna want to put on a show.”
Inclement weather forced the players in the Citi Open to double up on Friday. Tiafoe and two other American male tennis players moved through to the quarters.
Tiafoe’s last match was with Botic van de Zandschulp, on Thursday. He won that match 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Kyrgios made it past his last opponent, Reilly Opelka 7-6 (1), 6-2. This marks his third win in the three times he’s met up with Opelka on the court.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Korda beat out 5th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, making this his third consecutive win since he reached the semifinals of the Estoril Open back in April.
JJ Wolf, won against Hoger Rune 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. With that win, he broke into the Top 100 of the World Rankings and is expected to rise even further at the end of the Citi Open. Should he beat Andrey Rublev, he would break into the top 70.
This is Wolf’s first trip to the semifinals.
Rublev, on his end, beat Maxime Cressy 6-4, 7-6 (8). He is seeking to get his fourth trophy for the season. He is next set to meet Yoshihito Nishioka in the semi-finals. The Russian player is currently ranked No.7.
Niskioka beat out Karen Khachanov 7-6, 7-6 in the quarterfinals.