Nishikori Made To Work; Thompson's Big Win In Brisbane
Japanese star to face Australian wild card in last eight
Kei Nishikori was made to work hard for his place in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp on Wednesday. The third seed and three-time former semi-finalist beat qualifier Jared Donaldson 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 23 minutes.
Nishikori took a 4-0 lead in the 51-minute opener, but 20-year-old #NextGenATP American Donaldson won the next six games. Nishikori opened up a 3-0 lead in the second set, which included coming through a 20-point third game, before No. 105-ranked Donaldson fought back. The Japanese star took control in the decider, with a break to 15 in the third game.
”I had a great start today until 4-0, and then I had one bad game. He started playing more aggressive, and his forehand was on fire – he was hitting a lot of winners from that side. Even in the second set, it was really close. Somehow I lost a little bit of concentration, and then he was more confident. He had good rhythm with his serve.”
World No. 79 Jordan Thompson reached his first ATP World Tour quarter-final during the evening session when he beat No. 21-ranked eighth seed David Ferrer 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in two hours and 40 minutes. Wild card Thompson recorded the biggest win of his career on his fifth match point and will now face Nishikori.
“I think it's impossible to wear down David Ferrer,” said Thompson. “I think I'm a bigger frame than he is. I think I have a better serve. So I think I tried to use that to my advantage. When I lost the first set, I tried to hunt down a few more forehands, get around, use my feet a bit more, use my speed to my advantage. It paid off. When I served for the match, he played a pretty good game. He kept his depth, and he played some pretty good points.”
Kyle Edmund, who is currently No. 45 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, advanced to the last eight when sixth seed Lucas Pouille retired due to a right toe injury midway through the second set. Edmund was leading 6-3, 3-1 after 59 minutes of play against the ATP’s Most Improved Player of the Year in 2016.