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Young guns were firing at the Citi Open in Washington on Monday, with rising stars Hyeon Chung and Alexander Zverev advancing to the second round.

Chung scored his first ATP World Tour 500 Event win, besting Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-2 in his opening match in Washington. The 19-year-old Korean broke in the opening games of each set and saved the only break point faced during the match, which lasted 57 minutes.

Chung, currently No. 77 in the Emirates ATP World Tour Rankings, will face third seed Marin Cilic in the second round. He reached a career-high of No. 69 in May.

The 18-year-old Zverev beat 19-year-old Yoshihito Nishioka 7-6(1), 6-3 in 1 hour and 31 minutes. The German fired nine aces en route to victory. Zverev, currently ranked No. 96, next faces fifth seed Kevin Anderson.

In other action, American Donald Young defeated wild card Tommy Haas 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour and 26 minutes. The World No. 75 saved eight of 10 break points, and broke his German opponent four times. 

Earlier, Australian James Duckworth beat American Ryan Harrison 6-1, 7-6(4). The World No. 95 Duckworth struck seven aces and no double faults during the 76-minute match. Harrison converted his opponent on his only break point of the match, but faced break points eight times and dropped his serve on three occasions. It was the pair’s first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting.

In the second round, Duckworth will face second seed Kei Nishikori for the first time. Nishikori, ranked fifth on the Emirates ATP Rankings, had a first-round bye.

Victor Estrella Burgos, who celebrated his 35th birthday on Sunday, came from a set down to defeat 19-year-old Nicolas Jarry 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. The wild card Jarry saved all four break points faced in the first set and closed it out with a late break, but was unable to gain inroads on the Estrella Burgos serve in the following sets.

The Dominican, ranked 51st, went on to win after one hour and 53 minutes and will next take on eighth seed John Isner, who won the BB&T Open in Atlanta last week.

With fond memories of the 2014 North American hard-court season fresh in his mind, Kei Nishikori is ready to hit the Deco-Turf once again.

The Japanese enters the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. – an ATP World Tour 500 event – beginning his quest to defend a slew of Emirates ATP Rankings points following a quarter-final run in the U.S. capital city and a final finish at the US Open last year.

A healthy Nishikori is looking forward to another positive Washington campaign in his first tournament since withdrawing from Wimbledon with a leg injury.

“I’m feeling well,” said Nishikori. “I had good preparation for two weeks before coming here. After Wimbledon I took one week off and my leg was fine after that. I’m really looking forward to playing here this week.

“It’s not easy but I think in these past couple of years I have a stronger body. I have fewer injuries. In 2008, I had an elbow surgery and that year was tough because I didn’t think I could come back to the Top 100 again. My motivation was really low, but I keep believing in myself and doing all the little things and now I’m just very happy to be playing tennis at 100 per cent.”

Eight years removed from his Washington debut, Nishikori carries a 6-4 record into his fifth tournament appearance. He is seeking to maintain his grip on World No. 5 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and, with only 265 points separating him and Stan Wawrinka at No. 4, he will look to continue to apply pressure on the pack ahead.

“It’s tough to play in these conditions with the heat and humidity. There’s a really strong sun here, but I handle it well. It will be helpful to play at night.”

Nishikori is an integral member of the Japanese movement in Washington, flanked by rising star Yoshihito Nishioka and veteran Go Soeda. The 25 year old is also keeping tabs on South Korea’s Hyeon Chung – one of four teens in the Top 100.

“I’m happy to see Yoshi qualified here. There are younger players coming up. The Korean kid Chung is also a very talented player. I hope there are more Asian players coming up and I hope I can carry the solid momentum with me and the others.”

Nishikori is fourth on Stadium Court on Tuesday, facing Australia’s James Duckworth for the first time.

Mardy Fish and Grigor Dimitrov saved two match points in a 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 10-8 win over former Wimbledon winners Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil at the Citi Open on Monday. Fish, who is set to retire after the US Open, reached the quarter-finals of Atlanta with Andy Roddick last week.

“I felt like the old guy out there for sure. Basically I felt like the worst player most of the time,” said Fish. “But it was fun to be out there competing. Grigor was playing great today. We were looking for that break [in the second set] to get back in it. We stayed with it and got it.”

Fish and Dimitrov saved the only break point of the first set before seeing their opponents claim two mini-breaks en route to a 7-2 tie-break win. The American-Bulgarian tandem then dropped its first service game of the second set and faced two match points at 4-5 before storming back and winning the second set.

The two teams battled to an 8-8 stalemate in the Match Tie-break before Fish and Dimitrov won the next two points and the match. In the next round, they will face either third seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea, or Andy Murray and Daniel Nestor.

Fresh from his win at the BB&T Open in Atlanta, Citi Open’s eighth seed John Isner took a trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington on Monday.

Isner saw an orangutan on his way towards the Aldabra Tortoise enclosure where he met two tortoises between the age of 70 and 100 that weigh between 400 and 500 pounds each.  The American fed one tortoise lettuce and carrots, while its companion remained asleep.

The 30-year-old Isner was then taken on a behind the scenes tour of the lion and tiger enclosure, which is home to around five lionesses, one male lion and two tigers. The zookeeper in charge of the “Big Cats” showed him how she trains them – with the use of a whistle, hand signals and balls of meat -- to allow her to administer shots, take blood, and do various tests to ensure their health and wellbeing.

In his opening match, Isner faces Victor Estrella Burgos, who defeated Nicholas Jarry 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.

Nine years removed from his Citi Open debut, Andy Murray is back in Washington, D.C.

In 2006, Murray defeated Feliciano Lopez and Mardy Fish en route to his third career title match (l. to Clement). Forty-seven finals later, the Scot has the same goal in mind: a strong start to his North American summer hard-court campaign.

“I’m trying to do better in more events than I have done in the past,” said Murray. "Hopefully the next few weeks I can do well on the hard courts and finish the year strong.

“I haven’t hit a ball on a hard court since Miami. That’s in March so it’s been four or five months. It’s a while, especially coming from the grass. This morning was the first time I’ve felt more comfortable on the courts. I’m starting to get used to them again. The conditions are humid. It takes a long time to get used to it, which is why I arrived on Tuesday. It’s the earliest I’ve arrived for any event the whole year.”

Murray is coming off a strong grass-court run, claiming his fourth Aegon Championships crown at Queen’s Club, followed by a semi-final finish at Wimbledon. He will look to rediscover his hard-court form, posting a 21-5 record on the surface thus far in 2015, including runner-up finishes at the Australian Open and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami. The Dunblane native has also reached the quarter-finals in 14 of his past 15 tournaments on hard. He’s ready to hit the ground running.

“The tournament has changed a lot. The courts are similar, but the venue is different. When I came last time, I didn’t see much of the city, whereas this time I have been right in the centre. It’s really nice. We went to the White House.”

The World No. 3 will open against either Benjamin Becker or Teymuraz Gabashvili, with 14th seed Pablo Cuevas a potential third round opponent. Recent BB&T Atlanta Open champion John Isner, fourth seed Richard Gasquet and sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov are also in Murray’s half of the draw.

“It’s a strong field. It’s maybe the strongest cut-off ever they said. It’s going to be a tough event. I play my first match against [Benjamin] Becker or [Teymuraz] Gabashvili and I’ll try to get a little video of that match and get ready for it. They’re two big hitters, right-handed, with double-handed backhands. Becker normally plays well on the American hard courts and Gabashvili has won a lot of matches this year.”

Nine years removed from his Citi Open debut, Andy Murray is back in Washington, D.C.

In 2006, Murray defeated Feliciano Lopez and Mardy Fish en route to his third career title match (l. to Clement). Forty-seven finals later, the Scot has the same goal in mind: a strong start to his North American summer hard-court campaign.

“I’m trying to do better in more events than I have done in the past,” said Murray. "Hopefully the next few weeks I can do well on the hard courts and finish the year strong.

“The tournament has changed a lot. The courts are similar, but the venue is different. When I came last time, I didn’t see much of the city, whereas this time I have been right in the centre. It’s really nice. We went to the White House.”

Murray is coming off a dominant grass-court run, claiming his fourth Aegon Championships crown at Queen’s Club, followed by a semi-final finish at Wimbledon. He will look to rediscover his hard-court form, posting a 21-5 record on the surface thus far in 2015, including runner-up finishes at the Australian Open and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Miami. The Dunblane native has also reached the quarter-finals in 14 of his last 15 tournaments on hard. He’s ready to hit the ground running.

“I haven’t hit a ball on a hard court since Miami. That’s in March so it’s been four or five months. It’s a while, especially coming from the grass. This morning was the first time I’ve felt more comfortable on the courts. I’m starting to get used to them again. The conditions are humid. It takes a long time to get used to it, which is why I arrived on Tuesday. It’s the earliest I’ve arrived for any event the whole year.”

The World No. 3 will open against either Benjamin Becker or Teymuraz Gabashvili, with 14th seed Pablo Cuevas a potential third round opponent. Recent BB&T Atlanta Open champion John Isner, fourth seed Richard Gasquet and sixth seed Grigor Dimitrov are also in Murray’s half of the draw.

“It’s a strong field. It’s maybe the strongest cut-off ever they said. It’s going to be a tough event. I play my first match against [Benjamin] Becker or [Teymuraz] Gabashvili and I’ll try to get a little video of that match and get ready for it. They’re two big hitters, right-handed, with double-handed backhands. Becker normally plays well on the American hard courts and Gabashvili has won a lot of matches this year.”

A LOOK BACK
Kentucky Bank Tennis Championships (Lexington, U.S.A.): John Millman claimed his sixth ATP Challenger Tour title and first of the year on Sunday, downing lucky loser Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in one hour and 55 minutes. On the heels of a run to the final at the Vicenza Challenger and second round finish at Wimbledon, Millman rose to a career-high World No. 84. He is one of five Aussies to win on the circuit this year, joining Sam Groth, Matthew Ebden, Thanasi Kokkinakis and John-Patrick Smith. Meanwhile, Uchiyama became just the fifth lucky loser to reach an ATP Challenger Tour final since 2011.

“I had been doing so much traveling and was feeling run down and sick,” Millman told USTA broadcaster Mike Cation. “I’d been struggling and when you’re not feeling 100 per cent physically, it is tough work. I got a bid lucky (in the first round), when Jason (Jung) pulled out after the first set. I got an extra day off which helped and I started to feel better after that. I think throughout the week I got better and better. It wasn’t my greatest match today, but you have to do what you can to win and I’m really happy with where’s my game’s at. There’s no better feeling than winning the title.

“The reality of tennis is that you’re not going to play perfect every match. I fought hard and controlled what I can. You have to give Uchiyama credit. He was serving well on big points and came up with the goods. I came out and didn’t feel great on the serve. When he’s seeing a lot of second serves and I’m not hitting my spots the way I’d like to. I had to grind out a few games there and dig deep. That’s something I pride myself on and try to find a way. I’m grateful it came off.”

Millman says he will compete at the ATP Challenger Tour events in Aptos and Vancouver, before playing his first US Open main draw.

President’s Cup (Astana, Kazakhstan): Top seed Mikhail Kukushkin won the $75,000 event in Astana, defeating Evgeny Donskoy 6-2, 6-2 in a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 3 seeds. Competing on home soil, Kukushkin captured his 11th ATP Challenger Tour title in 16 finals. It was their fifth FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting and first since 2014 China Open qualifying in Beijing, with Kukushkin improving to 4-1 against Donskoy. The 27 year old rises to World No. 52 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, four spots off his career-high of No. 48, achieved one year ago.

Challenger Pulcra Lachiter Biella (Biella, Italy): Sixth seed Andrej Martin finds himself in strong form entering August, after earning his second ATP Challenger Tour title in one month. The Slovak overcame Argentina’s Nicolas Kicker 6-4, 6-2 in Sunday’s final for his sixth title on the circuit. He had claimed the title in Padova, Italy in early July, rallying from a 0-6 first set and saving one match point in edging Albert Montanes.

WHAT'S AHEAD
Andrej Martin looks to make it back-to-back when he attempts to defend his title in Liberec, Czech Republic. He could potentially face top seed Steve Darcis in the second round. 2014 runner-up Horacio Zeballos is seeded sixth. The ATP Challenger Tour stop in Segovia, Spain, features a pair of Top 100 talents – Marcel Granollers and Dustin Brown – and also features 2012 titlist Evgeny Donskoy and fourth seed Adrian Menendez-Maceiras, who was last year’s runner-up. Meanwhile, second seed and 2014 champion Filip Krajinovic returns to Cortina, Italy, joining top seed Paolo Lorenzi.

Austrian wild card Dennis Novak scored his first ATP World Tour match win on his home soil at the Generali Open in Kitzbühel on Monday.

The 21 year old, who is coached by top seed Dominic Thiem’s father, Wolfgang Thiem, beat Aljaz Bedene 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-1 in two hours and 11 minutes.

Novak will face third seed and Hamburg runner-up Fabio Fognini in the second round.

Eighth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 in 71 minutes in their first ATP World Tour meeting. The Spaniard will face the winner of Gerald Melzer and Albert Montantes.

Federico Delbonis defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-4, improving his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the Spaniard to 2-0. The Argentine will face two-time champion (2011-12) Robin Haase. The Dutchman advanced after Juan Monaco, who was leading 6-2, 1-1, retired due to a right wrist injury.

Paul-Henri Mathieu beat fellow French qualifier Kenny De Schepper 6-2, 6-2 to set a second-round clash with No. 4 seed Martin Klizan.

Santiago Giraldo capitalised on six of his 13 break point opportunities to beat Rogerio Dutra Silva 7-5, 6-2.

Look back on the 100th edition of the Swiss Open Gstaad, highlighted by Dominic Thiem defeating David Goffin in the final. Video courtesy of Swiss Open Gstaad
Look back on the 100th edition of the Swiss Open Gstaad, highlighted by Dominic Thiem defeating David Goffin in the final. Video courtesy of Swiss Open Gstaad