Roger Federer shocked by Kei Nishikori
Kei Nishikori surprised 17-time grand slam champion Roger Federer by 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 on March 26 to state his second top five scalps in two days and fixed a place in the semi-finals of the Sony Open.
After banging off fourth seeded Spanish player David Ferrer in a three-hour marathon on March 25, the 21st ranked Japanese was strained to go the space again, surviving a 2 hour centre court clash with Federer.
Nishikori said to reporters that, “To beat Roger, and its second time to beat him… I thought I really played well, especially in the third. I was hitting both deep and striking well. Everything was going well. There was couple of tough moments, but I was fighting through and happy to win today.”
Federer said that, “I just couldn’t find my rhythm on the serve today. It was surprising especially after how well I have served and played this week. I had the set and a break and up a break again so it is a little frustrating. He was more consistent in the second and third so all credit to him.”