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Top seed Rublev set for double duty in Washington quarter-finals

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Top seed Andrey Rublev beat U.S. No. 13 Maxime Cressy at the ATP and WTA Washington Opens to set up a double quarterfinal matchup later Friday as part of the US Open setup.

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World No. 8 Rublev defeated Cressy 6-4, 7-6 (10/8) after an hour and 42 minutes in a match postponed from Thursday due to rain.

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Following Rublev is 99th American wildcard JJ Wolf, who edged out No. 9 Dane Holger Rune 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 36 minutes in their meeting due to rain.

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Rublev increased the score to 2:1 and then won the first set in 35 minutes without a break point.

In the second set, Rublev kept a break point in game two with a game-winning backhand and went into a tie-break where he stripped Cressy of a set point with his eighth ace to take the win with a ninth.

Rublev, who had just nine unforced errors, is in contention for his fourth title of the season behind Marseille, Dubai and Belgrade to equal Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz for the most ATP trophies this year.

World No. 28 Rune, due to double faults in a row, brought Wolf the first set. The Dane forced a third set, only to forfeit a break in the penultimate game and concede Wolf’s ace in the eight-minute final game.

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka advanced to the last eight in the postponed women’s match, defeating Czech Teresa Martincova 7-6 (9/7), 6-2.

Azarenka, 33, the world number 20, won the 80-minute first set and then dominated the second, securing first place in the last eight WTA tournaments since the season opened in Adelaide.

Azarenka also had a second match later on Friday, playing China’s lucky underdog Wang Xia for a spot in the semi-finals.

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Source: sports.yahoo.com

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