Kei Nishikori will get another shot at Benoit Paire after losing to the Frenchman at the U.S. Open. Semifinal Saturday in Tokyo also pits Stan Wawrinka against Gilles Muller.
Novak Djokovic improved to 26-0 lifetime at the China Open by cruising past Chinese wild card Ze Zhang 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday afternoon. The five-time champion did not face a single break point while advancing to the quarterfinals in a mere 45 minutes.
Donald Young called himself a fudgesicle during his three-set loss to Marin Cilic at the Rakuten Japan Open on Wednesday. “Oh you fudgesicle!” is what Young had to say after netting a backhand as he tried to break Cilic at 5-4 in the decider.
The partnership between Grigor Dimitrov and new coach Franco Davin is off to a winning start as the Bulgarian beat Joao Sousa 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 during second-round action at the Malaysian Open on Thursday. Dimitrov won the last four games of the match after trailing 4-2 in the third set to advance in two hours and seven minutes.