“Today I was already tired before the match, but I tried to be aggressive because I knew that’s exactly how Andrej plays,” said Nishioka, who needed three and a half hours in the quarterfinals to advance over Briton Dan Evans.
Nišioka dealt with world number eight Rubljov in one hour and 21 minutes. In Sunday’s final against Kyrgios, he will try to break the unfavorable balance of three defeats from mutual duels on the ATP circuit.
“We have played against each other many times, we have been playing against each other since we were sixteen years old. But he beat me every time. It will be a very difficult match with him,” said the twenty-six-year-old Nishioka.
The women’s final will feature Lyudmila Samsonov of Russia and Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who will try to end a nine-year wait for a title.
The 37-year-old Kanepi defeated Darja Saville from Australia 6:3, 6:1 in the semifinals and can win her fourth title. The last time she enjoyed a tournament triumph was in 2013 in Brussels, since then she only played in the final last year in Melbourne.
The 23-year-old Samsonova is in the second final of her career after winning twice 6:1 over the Chinese Wang Si-yü. She won her only match for the title so far last year on grass in Berlin.
|Washington Men’s and Women’s Tennis Tournament (Hard Court)|
|Men (subsidy $2,108,110)|
|Singles – semi-finals|
|Nishioka (Japan) – Rublyov (1-Russia) 6:3, 6:4|
|Kyrgios (Aust.) – M. Ymer (Swed.) 7:6 (7:4), 6:3.|