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Tennis: Nishikori fires past Ferrer to reach Australian Open quarters

Kei Nishikori beat David Ferrer in three sets to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals. Photos: AFP.

Kei Nishikori beat David Ferrer in three sets to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals. Photos: AFP.

January 26, 2015: World No. 5 Kei Nishikori matched his best-ever performance in the Australian Open by reaching the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory over in-form Spaniard David Ferrer on Monday.

 

Ferrer, 32, has become known as ‘The Wall’ for his relentless retrieving, but the 25-year-old Nishikori systematically broke him down to advance to a last-eight showdown with defending champion Stan Wawrinka.

 

Nishikori, the fifth seed, dropped a set in each of his two previous rounds, but was exemplary against Ferrer as he seeks to follow up on his sensational run to the final of the US Open in his previous Grand Slam. Nishikori ran the Spaniard ragged at Rod Laver Arena and has now won the last five of their 10 meetings.

 

“I’m always ready to play five sets, so am surprised to win in three,” Nishikori said on www.ausopen.com. “I just need time to stay at this ranking to feel comfortable, I’m new to it and just need some more experience. If I can play like this I can stay top in the top 10.”

 

Nishikori will next face defending champion Wawrinka, just months after the Japanese beat the Swiss star at the same stage at the US Open.

 

“That match gave me a lot of confidence,” Nishikori said. “It’s going to be tough.”

 

Source: Australian Open (www.ausopen.com); Editing by SportAsia

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