Kei Nishikori cruises past Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rakuten Japan Open quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori cruises past Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rakuten Japan Open quarterfinals

"I think winning the tie-break was very big for me and also for him, because he has been playing great tie-breaks this week", Nishikori told reporters. Still pushing his case for first time place at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, Anderson sits at No.8 on the race.

Richard Gasquet is showing form reminiscent of his time in the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings this week in Tokyo, with no performance more impressive than his 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) victory over No. 2 seed Kevin Anderson on Friday to reach the semi-finals of the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2018."It was a great match, I played well". He further addressed the issue by saying, "And just a continued focus on what I'm trying to do as much as possible".

In the pair's first meeting, the third-seeded Nishikori survived an early scare - and only real scare - when the fifth-seeded Tsitsipas held in the third game in the opening set with an untouchable 200-kilometer-per-hour serve that clocked to go up 2-1. I can play well, I can practise, that's why I'm playing this level.

"I'm feeling 100 percent", added Nishikori. "I would have liked to win some of those matches in two sets, but I definitely have the mindset that whatever it takes, I'm going to keep going, keep focusing on what I'm doing, whether it's an hour, two hours, three hours, whatever it takes". I'm free of injuries. Of course i'm serving well.

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The Frenchman had won five tie-breaks already this week in Tokyo but couldn't find the magic formula this time as Nishikori saved his best for when it counted winning 7-2 in the tie-break after a long first set lasting nearly an hour.

"I think it was one of the best service matches I've had the past couple of months", Nishikori said.

"I had strong follow-throughs from start to end and played confidently".

Medvedev became the first qualifier to make the final in Tokyo in 16 years by beating Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3.

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