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ATP Miami Open: Nishikori outlasts Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 7-6


04-01-2016 15:58 BJT

On the men's side of Miami Open, Kei Nishikori was looking to make his way to the Semi-Finals. The sixth-seed at the event had made it to the last four in South Beach two years ago -- but would get a stiff test in the form Gael Monfils.

The Japanese though could feel better in the fact that he beat the Frenchman in their only previous meeting, and Monfils had not beaten any player in the top ten in a year.

In the opening set and on serve, Monfils pressures the Nishikori serve, and the 16th seed in blue at the bottom of your screen exchanges groundstrokes with the Japanese and unleashes a two-handed backhand winner and that helps him get to triple break point, as he takes the opener 6-4.

The sixth-seed in red would be more aggressive in the next frame and comes to net and smashes home this winner as he is able to take the frame by a 6-3 count.

The decider provided intrigue, as Monfils fell behind 4-2, but won the next three games, and was on match point on Nishikori's serve. But the Japanese would stave off five match points in all and send things to a tiebreak.

In that extra session Monfils would crack, down 4-3 he is on the defensive in this point, and is able to get to this drop-shot, only to find the net -- and that gives Nishikori an opening.

And when the sixth-seed fires home this cross-court winner, Nishikori prevails 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 and is off to the semi-finals in Miami.

Nishikori outlasts Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 7-6

Nishikori outlasts Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 7-6

Win means Australian will enter Top 20 in world rankings

Australian Nick Kyrgios serves for the first set against Milos Raonic, and the bad boy of tennis would be able to take the opening frame 6-4, with a nice forehand winner that stays inside the line.

The Canadian seeded 12th at the tournament would have his moments, using his big-serve to set up an easy put away at the net as the second set needs a tie-break.

But the Aussie would prevail in the extra session, when Raonic finds the net on match point. The 6-4, 7-6 victory seals his passage into the semis, and assures him of becoming the youngest male to enter the top-20 since 2009.

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