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Washington | Evans through as bad weather suspends matches

Daniel Evans in action against Taylor Fritz

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Temperatures hit the 90s F (30s C) and attracted thunderstorms which brought an end to play at the Citi Open in Washington forcing two matches scheduled in the men’s draw to be suspended overnight.

I constantly felt like I was going to pass out, my vision was going fuzzy, Sorry if I worried anyone Taylor Fritz

Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, following his 7-6(2) 7-6(1) victory over the seventh seeded Karen Khachanov described the conditions as ‘a crazy hot day’ and will face Britain’s Dan Evans in the quarter finals, after the Brummie seeded 16, was handed a place in the last eight when Taylor Fritz, seeded three, retired citing fatigue while trailing 4-1 in the decider, after splitting the first two 3-6 7-6(6).

The American also described the conditions as ‘Brutal’ and wrote on social media: “I constantly felt like I was going to pass out, my vision was going fuzzy, Sorry if I worried anyone.”

The Indian Wells champion added that he had been wearing a walking boot for a foot injury since last month, limiting his ability to train, so his physical state was not up to dealing with the way the weather was on Thursday.

Meanwhile Nick Kyrgios was a set away from victory before bad weather hit.

The Wimbledon finalist is leading the fourth seed 6’10” American Reilly Opelka 7-6(1) 2-1 before the match was suspended with the second set on serve.

The winner will advance to a quarterfinal meeting against either another American, seeded 10, or the eighth seeded Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, whose match was also suspended with scores locked at one set apiece.

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