Sunday February 24, 2013
Nishikori upsets Cilic to reach Memphis semis
MEMPHIS (Tennessee): Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan cruised past top-seeded Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2 on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the US Indoor Tennis Championships.
Croatia’s Cilic had saved three match points in his previous match against Igor Sijsling, but could not find the answer against Nishikori, who had just four aces compared to a dozen for Cilic but won 69% of points on his serve.
“I was dominating with my serve,” said the 23-year-old Nishikori.
He next faces Australian Marinko Matosevic, a 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-4 winner over seventh-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.
The other men’s semi-final in this combined ATP and WTA event will pit Spain’s Feliciano Lopez against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istoman.
Lopez defeated US wildcard Jack Sock 6-4, 6-3 and Istoman was a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) winner over Michael Russell of the United States. — AFP