2014/04/24

Nishikori Stops Berdych to Gain Japan Open Semis

 

Kei Nishikori

 

On Friday in Tokyo Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player to reach the semifinals of the Japan Open Tennis Championships, stunning No. 2 seed Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-4.  Last week Nishikori mde the semifinals of Kuala Lumpur. The eighth seed will play Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus on Saturday for a place in the final.

World No. 3 and defending champion Andy Murray is back in the Tokyo semifinals. He took out Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

The Scot will battle Canadian Milos Raonic in Saturday’s semifinal. Raonic toughed out a 6-7(5), 6-2, 7-6(7) win over Janko Tispsarevic in which he saved a match point.

“I think it will be tough. He’s played well this week. Today was a good win for him,” Murray said about the match-up with the Raonic. “When you play a guy with a game like has, it’s always going to be tricky. I’ll try to do what I did in New York. I got a lot of returns in play. Once I was in the point, I was able to dictate a lot of them so I’ll try and do the same tomorrow.”

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 5 OCTOBER, 2012

Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] A Murray (GBR) d [7] S Wawrinka (SUI) 62 36 62
[8] K Nishikori (JPN) d [2] T Berdych (CZE) 75 64
[6] M Raonic (CAN) d [3] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 67(5) 62 76(7) – saved 1 M.P.
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [Q] D Tursunov (RUS) 62 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) d A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) 64 36 10-2
[4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d J Chardy (FRA) / M Melo (BRA) 67(4) 63 10-8

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 6 OCTOBER, 2012

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] A Murray (GBR) vs [6] M Raonic (CAN)
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs [8] K Nishikori (JPN)
[1] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / F Cermak (CZE)
[4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs T Berdych (CZE) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

 

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 5 OCTOBER, 2012

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] A Murray (GBR) d [7] S Wawrinka (SUI) 62 36 62
[8] K Nishikori (JPN) d [2] T Berdych (CZE) 75 64
[6] M Raonic (CAN) d [3] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 67(5) 62 76(7) – saved 1 M.P.
M Baghdatis (CYP) d [Q] D Tursunov (RUS) 62 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) d A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) 64 36 10-2
[4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d J Chardy (FRA) / M Melo (BRA) 67(4) 63 10-8

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 6 OCTOBER, 2012

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] A Murray (GBR) vs [6] M Raonic (CAN)
M Baghdatis (CYP) vs [8] K Nishikori (JPN)
[1] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / F Cermak (CZE)
[4] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs T Berdych (CZE) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

 

 

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