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Up late, Steve Johnson not excited about early start in DC

After playing doubles past midnight and getting to sleep at about 3 a.m., Steve Johnson was less than thrilled to be playing in the first Citi Open men's match in the main stadium at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Still, showing the sort of progress that has lifted his ranking to a career-high 25th, Johnson played quality first-strike tennis and ended qualifier Ryan Harrison's season-best run by winning the all-American matchup 6-4, 6-4 to reach the hard-court tournament's quarterfinals.

"I was lucky enough to be on the schedule first today. Just good turnaround," the fifth-seeded Johnson said, his words thick with sarcasm. "Got a few hours of sleep. Just get back up....