US Open champ Cilic, Nishikori tested but win
Reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic and runner-up Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round of the ATP and WTA Washington Open in hard-fought matches that finished early Wednesday morning. Japan s fifth-ranked Nishikori rallied to beat Australian James Duckworth 6-7 (8/10), 6-1, 6-4 while Croatia s eighth-ranked Cilic defeated 77th-ranked South Korean teen Chung Hyeon 7-6 (7/2), 6-3 in their first hardcourt appearances on the road to this year s US Open. "It wasn t easy to put him away," Cilic said. "He s a great counterpuncher." Cilic, the first reigning US Open champion to play in the US capital since Andre Agassi in 2000, and second seed Nishikori each had first round byes and saw their matches pushed into the wee hours by a rain delay. "It gives me more confidence," Cilic said of his Grand Slam title. "I m sure it s going to give me more faith in my game. In this moment I m very happy with my game." Next in Nishikori s path will be the winner of a Wednesday match between Argentina s Leonardo Mayer and Slovenia s Blaz Rola.