Nishikori Rolls Into Third US Open Quarter-final
Japanese star growing in confidence
Kei Nishikori experienced few problems on Monday as he booked his place in the US Open quarter-finals for the third time (also 2014 and 2016). Nishikori overcame late resistance from Philipp Kohlschreiber in a 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory over two hours and 15 minutes in hot and humid conditions on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
"I think I played good tennis to [make sure he did] not play his tennis," said Nishikori. "I think he was playing good, too, but I think I was playing a little better and tried to step in a lot and play aggressive... the way I wanted to."
“He didn't make many mistakes,” said Kohlschreiber. “He pushed me around. He was too much in control of the game. I maybe did not [have] my best day today… I think Kei is just not the best match-up for me.”
Kohlschreiber, who beat fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the third round, converted his first break point chance in the third game, but was then unable to break down Nishikori’s game. The German had won just 12 further points on the Japanese star’s serve, prior trailing 4-5 in a competitive third set. But a double fault from Nishikori let Kohlschreiber a route back to 5-5. Nishikori kept calm and immediately broke prior to closing out their third FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting (Nishikori 3-0).
Did You Know?
Nishikori competing at the US Open for the ninth time, reached the 2014 final (l. to Cilic) and the 2016 semi-finals (l. to Wawrinka). He didn’t compete in the tournament last year due to a right wrist injury.