Japan’s number one men’s tennis player Kei Nishikori upset two-time champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals of the Sony Open Tennis tournament in Florida. He came back from being a set down and a break down in the second set to prevail over the Swiss, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, and will next face World Number 2 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.
This is the second straight time that Nishikori has beaten Federer, as he prevailed over him in their last meeting in Madrid in May of last year. This is the Japanese’s ace second victory over a Top 5 player in this tournament when he upset World No. 4 David Ferrer the previous day. Nishikori actually had to fight off four match points from the Spaniard before eventually prevailing. “I thought I really played well, especially in the third. I was hitting both deep and striking well. Everything was going well. There [were a] couple of tough moments, but I was fighting through and happy to win today,” he said about his win over Federer. The World Number 5 praised the way Kei controlled the ball and has even predicted that the Japanese will make it to the ATP Top 10 this year.
He will next face Djokovic with whom he has a 1-1 win-loss record, in the semifinals after the Serbian beat defending champion Andy Murray. Their last meeting was in Basel in 2011 where Nishikori prevailed. Although Djokovic has been playing really well, Kei hopes he can once again beat Nole, especially if he plays as well as he did against Federer.
[ via ATP World ]