The Italian was leading 2-1 sets up and he brought the Japanese to a crucial tie break in the fourth set. Kei managed to win the breaker at 4, but then the drama escalated as the match was interrupted for 2 days on a 3 all score line. As soon as matched resumed, Nishikori was 15-50 down to then manage to win that game and the final set 6-4.
Simone scored 1 point more than Kei (147 vs. 146). Probably the main difference between these two was the break point conversion. In fact, both won 2 breaks, but Simone had 8 opportunities and Kei 6. Not breaking Nishikori in the 7th game of the 5th set was just crucial for the Italian.
Nishikori: There as a lot of stress involved
The Japanese commented “This one was a very tight match for me because he was playing really aggressive and flat, both sides, especially the forehand. He was hitting a lot of winners, and sometimes I didn’t know what to do. I was kind of like a yo-yo. I was running from side to side. I think on Saturday he was playing much better than me. But today there were some lucky shots. At 3-All I was down 15/40 on my serve. There was some luck, too.
There was a lot of stress these two days, especially yesterday. I never had something like this, after playing a fifth set, taking one day off, playing again today. It wasn’t easy. But I’m very happy to win today. So hopefully I play another good one tomorrow.”
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