DMV’s Frances Tiafoe reached the quarterfinals of the Citi Open for the first time since wrapping up his third round on Friday, after the tournament was postponed due to bad weather on Thursday.
Tiafoe returned to John Harris Stadium to beat No. 8 seed Botic van de Zandschulp 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The pair were interrupted twice by thunderstorms last night, but just before 9:00pm, another rain was the last, and the last rain only happened at one point in the third set.
After today’s rematch, the Hyattsville native has recovered from the second set, defending well on the Dutchman’s 120-plus mph serve.
With a 5-3 deficit in the third, Van der Zan Schulpe fought back three match points on his serve, but not in the fourth. He sent a forefield far from the baseline to give Tiafoe the win.
His first-quarter appearance in his home game is scheduled for late Friday and will be an appointment TV show for tennis fans. Tiafoe attracted Australian Nick Kyrgios, who beat American and No. 4 seed Reilly Opelka 7-6, 6-2.
They are scheduled to play their first game at the Fitzgerald Tennis Centre Stadium on Friday night. However, similar severe weather is expected to affect the region again tonight, with another possible rebound. Due to lightning, afternoon games at all courses are suspended until 4:30pm.