Evans ahead in the second set
Jamie Johnson reports: Looking to make amends, Dan Evans is 4-1 in the second set, having broken Nishioka twice.
The Brit is in service and the crowd is filling up for what will likely be a deciding set.
Stay for the headliner
So while Dan Evans probably angrily chews on a piece of banana, a reminder that after this match is tonight’s headliner: Emma Raducanu and the Blisters. That I’m 100% calling out as a band name. This is mine, you can’t have it. It’s also a small homage, since we’re in Washington, to DC’s iconic punk scene. Let’s hope Raducanu’s opponent Liudmila Samsonova has Bad Brains and is just a small threat to the US Open champion.
Evans will have to do it the hard way
Jamie Johnson reports: Nishioka takes the tie break 7-5 and we go out a mighty roar. The Brit is shaking his head in frustration, knowing he should have finished the job much sooner.
Evans in the first set tie-break
Jamie Johnson reports: Evans ran to a 40-15 lead in the first game after the restart, but was driven back to the tie after he found the net at the end of a 20-plus shot rally.
He enjoyed, but not the game, as Nishioka hit a backhand on the court and went out of reach.
With two quick aces, Nishioka took the game and now there’s a tie break in the first set. 6-6.
Dan Evans back on the court
Jamie Johnson reports: Dan Evans is back on the court with a pivotal game against Yoshihito Nishioka – who is in the service – coming up.
The temperature has dropped, but it’s still 23°C in Washington, and fans are arriving for what appears to be a long nighttime session.
Ponchos were free in my day
Organizers in DC are rushing to offer assistance to wet customers — including charging $5 for a poncho. Which seems a little naughty.
play to resume
Good and bad news. The good news is that play is set to resume very soon, which means Emma Raducanu could be on the court soon.
The bad news is that the flood took Rob Bagchi and left you with me, Josh White, to take over live blogging duties tonight, the equivalent of a sort of muddy, post-rain muddy residue.
The officials are checking the courts and we are minutes away from the game restart.
Daria Saville and Rebecca Marino are on court inside the main stadium. Saville, who is Australian, is 6-1, 3-0 up.
Meanwhile, Dan Evans is hoping to get back to John A Harris Stadium, where he is 6-5 in the first game against Yoshihito Nishioka. At the conclusion of that match, it will be Emma Raducanu vs Ludmila Samsonova.
The Lord Gives
Jamie Johnson reports:
A note from the organizers: The courts are being dried out. Matches will resume shortly.
Dan Evans retakes 6-5 ahead in the first set against Yoshihito Nishioka in their three-set quarterfinals. Emma Raducanu vs Liudmila Samsonova will follow the conclusion of that match. Josh White will be here to run our coverage whenever the game starts.
Long journey from day to night ahead
Jamie Johnson Washington DC reports
The rain is decreasing in Washington, where it is still 23 degrees. Employees are hard at work with rollers on the courts, cleaning surface water.
There’s still plenty of tennis to come tonight, with Dan Evans, Emma Raducanu and Nick Kyrgios all expected on court if the weather holds up.
Organizers are prepared to push as late as possible tonight to conclude matches.
Good news – the storm has passed
Another update from the organizers
It’s still raining and there’s no chance to play before 11:30pm UK time. But if she comes in tonight, we’ll cover. It might not be me… but the global Telegraph team will be blogging the match from across the ocean.
But fear not – the Telegraph has a reporter on site
Jamie Johnson Washington DC reports
More bad news from Washington DC, where play will not resume until 6pm local time. It’s 11pm in the UK. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning in the area.
The player lounge is opposite the media center so I can happily report that after taking pictures of the lightning, Raducanu retired for a hot drink.
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No games before 23:00 BST. Hard to see what the conditions are like because this is what happens when it rains in the Amazon, which has no reporters and a normal studio/host setup, but only has the matches as it closes the live feed and treats us to this:
it’s still raining
At the William HG FitzGerald Tennis Center and there will be no game until 22:30 BST at the earliest. With Nick Evans’ match still unfinished before Raducanu vs Samsonova can start, we could be in for a long night.
Jamie Johnson Washington DC reports:
A message has just arrived from the tournament organizers saying that there will be no game before 5:30 pm local time (10:30 pm UK time).
Raducanu is wearing shoes, feet up and is on Facetime. She says the telegraph she hopes to enter the courtroom tonight.
There may be a big delay
Jamie Johnson Washington reports
Dan Evans was winning the first set of the Citi Open quarterfinals against Yoshihito Nishioka 6-5…and then came the storm.
The game has now been suspended in Washington DC, where it is still 32 degrees, but with dark clouds overhead.
Emma Raducanu is in the player’s room talking to her team members, but it doesn’t seem likely that she’ll be on the court anytime soon. The heavens have just opened.
It was after take 18 of Helter Skelter that Ringo Starr let out his famous scream: “I’ve got blisters on my fingers.” Isn’t it recorded how the Beatle overcame this distressing affliction for all manual workers – surgical spirit? Friar’s Balm? elastoplast? A potion of calamine lotion? methamphetamines? There are a plethora of ‘cures’ for the grievance that could come in handy for Emma Raducanu, who won her second-round match against Camila Osorio last night, taking 165 minutes to win 7-6, 7-6, with a palm blain that went straight out of the Exorcist. A cornucopia of treatments ancient and modern, but will any work over time?
Tonight she faces Russian world number 28 Liudmila Samsonova who, had she retained her Italian citizenship, would have been allowed to play at Wimbledon this year rather than being banned, where she made the fourth round in 2021 as a wildcard, just like Raducanu. . She has formidable serve and is content to hold the baseline to wear down her opponents with powerful punches. Normally Raducanu would try to maneuver her from side to side before unrolling one of those… ahem… backhand winners, but we just don’t know if she’ll be physically able to go deep in points, games and sets.
That said, she says she takes comfort in surviving yesterday’s ordeal with her hand aching in the stifling heat. “For me, it was a monumental effort to really get through it,” Raducanu said on Thursday.
“There were a lot of moments in both sets where you want to opt for the easy option of trying to finish the point early, but yeah, I’m very pleased and proud of how I dug when it really mattered.
“It was three hours on the court, and I actually warmed up for an hour this morning. That gives a lot of confidence in a match like this.”