Nishikori predicts Wimbledon 'war' with Djokovic

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

The Australian 15th seed cut a miserable figure after being catapulted out of his favourite tournament 6-1 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 by merciless Nishikori in just 97 minutes.

It took Nishikori four match points to seal the win, having gone 40-0 up on the Kyrgios serve before being pegged back to deuce, when he fashioned a fine lob over the Australian.

Nishikori said he nearly "couldn't see the ball" in the fading light towards the end, while Kyrgios's attitude was criticised by BBC commentator Andrew Castle, who said: "Kyrgios has decided that's enough. you cannot win a Grand Slam over a two-week period against the best players in the world with this sort of attitude". The Latvian won six games to love in the first two sets and did not give the Japanese player a single break point opportunity.

"My elbow was bothering me little bit", admitted Nishikori.

"I'm pissed off, of course", said the two-time major quarter-finalist.

"He's playing better and strong again". I served well when I need to, accurately. I showed in Paris and other matches that I don't really get exhausted in five-set matches.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray said the way Kyrgios had his explosive serve working in tune-up events meant he was capable of going deeper than ever before.

Big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic, the 2016 finalist, has reached the fourth round after beating Austrian Dennis Novak 7-6 (5) 4-6 7-5 6-2.

"I think I had to break him earlier in the second set.this would have turned the match".

"To play on Centre Court against Rafa, that's something that I will remember forever", said De Minaur, whose ranking has shot up nearly 130 spots since the start of the year.

Nadal was at his brutal best in the second set as he did not drop any points on serve until the final game. "(Nishikori is) a fighter, he found his way".

The third set tiebreak was more dramatic with Gulbis going off for treatment after slipping and hurting his left knee and coming back on with it heavily bandaged. "I think he showed that and I was then able to put away a good Mannarino". I don't think it's very good.

"I guess I'm in kind of, like, a happy place". I don't know. I don't really know how to describe it. I feel like I'm playing well.

Addressing media after his 4-6 7-6 7-6 6-1 win over Latvia's Ernests Gulbis in the fourth round, Nishikori was asked what would be his most important tactic against Djokovic. Japan's Kei Nishikori celebrates winning his third round match against Australia's Nick Kyrgios.

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