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- - Next up for Nadal will be Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.
- - GAME, SET AND MATCH - NADAL 7-6(3) 7-5 7-6(3) NISHIKORI - Just over three hours after they first walked out on to the court, Nadal is through to the quarter-finals, wrapping up the match when Nishikori nets a forehand return. Tough win for Nadal and even tougher loss for Nishikori, who will feel he deserved at least a set.
- - TIE-BREAK - NADAL 7-6(5) 7-5 6-6 (6-3) NISHIKORI - Nadal thinks he's brought up three match points with an ace only for Nishikori to challenge and show that the serve was actually out. But Nadal gets the match point at the second attempt when Nishikori hits a forehand out...
- - TIE-BREAK - NADAL 7-6(5) 7-5 6-6 (4-2) NISHIKORI - Brilliant serving in the breaker from Nadal as he finds two aces in the first five points to go ahead by the mini-break before another great drop shot from Nishikori that the Spaniard can only flick back into the net. Nadal comfortably ahead at the change of ends though.
- - NADAL 7-6(5) 7-5 6-6 NISHIKORI - Another clenched fist from Nadal as he whips a change-of-direction forehand winner down the line to level up at 30-all. But he can do nothing about the next couple of points and Nishikori holds to force the third set tie-break.
- - NADAL 7-6(5) 7-5 6-5 NISHIKORI - Nishikori just refuses to go away as he levels at 30-all with a thumping forehand return of serve winner. But Nadal is back in control and holds without facing another break point when Nishikori sends another forehand long. A clenched fist from Nadal, he wants to get this done now, before the tie-break.
- - BREAK - NADAL 7-6(3) 7-5 5-5 NISHIKORI - Nishikori has a golden chance to earn himself a first set point but instead it becomes break back point Nadal when the Japanese player fails to find the court with a forehand. And sure enough the world number one does get the break back when Nishikori nets an off-balance forehand.
- - BREAK - NADAL 7-6(3) 7-5 4-5 NISHIKORI - Nadal gets a third time violation warning and this time he is docked his first serve. It has more of an obvious effect on the Spaniard this time around as he finds himself more break points down. And Nishikori does break for a second time. Nadal nets a forehand and it will be the Japanese player who will serve for the set after the change of ends.
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 7-5 4-4 NISHIKORI - Nishikori is right back in this set now as he eases through a comfortable service hold to fully get things back on track in this third set. Nervous times for a Nadal coming up in the next service game.
- - BREAK - NADAL 7-6(3) 7-5 4-3 NISHIKORI - Once again Nishikori manages to get Nadal to 15-40 as he unleashes a huge forehand winner and bring up two break points. Can he get the break back this time? Yes! A double fault from Nadal and we are back on serve in this third set.
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 7-5 4-2 NISHIKORI - Cooly done by Nishikori as he puts away a high backhand volley winner across court, following a big serve into the net. It stops the run of three games against the Japanese player and keeps him still in this match, albeit two sets and a break down.
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 7-5 4-1 NISHIKORI - Oh hello! Nishikori suddenly produces a brutal forehand winner down the line to bring up two break points against the Nadal serve. But it's s short-lived revival from the Japanese player as he hits into the net and long respectively, failing to take advantage of either of the break points. Nadal recovers to hold and he is now potentially just two games away from the quarter-finals.
- - BREAK - NADAL 7-6(3) 7-5 3-1 NISHIKORI - Nishikori had treatment to blistering on his feet during the change of ends and looked a step slow when he came back out to continue the match. The Japanese player sends a forehand long of the baseline to concede his serve and surely that's match done for Nadal now?
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 7-5 2-1 NISHIKORI - Nadal gets another time violation warning which probably have actually been a loss of the first serve rather than just a warning but he again just shrugs it off and goes on to hold and sneak in front again.
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 7-5 1-1 NISHIKORI - A love service game for Nishikori, only his second of the match. The Japanese player has called for the trainer, now, to come out at the next change of ends. Not entirely sure what the problem is, though.
- - NADAL 7-5(3) 7-5 1-0 NISHIKORI - Nadal has more treatment to a nasty looking blister on his left hand, just having the taping redone, before coming out and racing out into a 40-0 lead with back-to-back aces. He nets a forehand to squander the first game point but grabs it at the second attempt when Nishikori can only put his return into the net.
- - SET - NADAL 7-6(3) 7-5 NISHIKORI - The Nishikori serve is just beginning to buckle a bit as Nadal leaps all over it looking for the break to seal this set. And sure enough that's exactly what he does. The Spaniard thumps the ball deep towards the baseline, wrong-footing Nishikori, who can just get a racquet to the ball but cannot do anything with it. Nadal has the second set and a two sets to love lead.
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 6-5 NISHIKORI - Nadal almost leaves Nishikori on his knees after another brutal point - that ends with an inside out forehand winner across court from the Spaniard - before going on to hold with an ace, his first of the set. Nishikori will have to serve to stay in this set for a second time. Are we heading to a second tie-break?
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 5-5 NISHIKORI - Nadal does well to react to a net cord from Nishikori, only for his forehand to catch the top of the tape and bounce wide. Nishikori apologises for his net cord but it's a hold for the Japanese player and we're level again in this second set.
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 5-4 NISHIKORI - There's a bit of a delay after just one point of the game as Nadal slips over and snaps a shoelace in the process. The Spaniard heads off to the locker room to fetch a replacement. Nishikori attempts the hot-dog after a spot on backhand sliced lob from Nadal but can't land the shot and the Spaniard quickly wraps up the hold with an smash. Nishikori will have to serve to stay in this second set after the sit-down.
- - BREAK - NADAL 7-6(3) 4-4 NISHIKORI - Nishikori produces an ace down the centre of the court before slapping down the first double fault of the match - from either player. Nadal is then furious with himself for netting a forehand return and not even forcing Nishikori to play on at 30-all. He does level at deuce when Nishikori goes long with a forehand of his own and then earns a break back point after another error from the Japanese player. And finally, Nadal finds a forehand winner to break!
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 3-4 NISHIKORI - Nadal is winning just 16 per cent of baseline exchanges in this match. Or he was before that last game. Nadal races through a love service hold in the manner in which we have come to expect from the Spaniard, stepping up to play on the baseline instead of behind it and drawing the errors (four consecutive errors) from Nishikori as a result.
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 2-4 NISHIKORI - Nishikori unnecessarily jumps into a forehand winner across court just to give it a bit more pop and showmanship as he cruises through another service hold, sealed when Nadal misses yet another forehand. That secures the break for Nishikori as he edges towards levelling up this match.
- - BREAK - NADAL 7-6(3) 2-3 NISHIKORI - Fantastic finesse from Nishikori as he dinks a forehand drop shot just over the net for a winner. Nadal did not read that at all and the first break points of the set are held by Nishikori. Nadal saves the first with a big serve out wide followed up by an inside out forehand winner back behind the Japanese player. But Nadal misses his forehand approach shot on the second and Nishikori does have the break in this second set.
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 2-2 NISHIKORI - Nishikori races through another service hold, Nadal again mis-timing a forehand badly and netting the shot as a result. The Spaniard did have some treatment during the change of ends, a little bit of extra tape applied to the stuff already there, presumably for blistering.
- - NADAL 7-6(3) 2-1 NISHIKORI - Nadal is still having to work so hard in this match although he is allowed off the hook as Nishikori completely mis-hits what should be an easy forehand volley, instead sending the ball two metres long of the baseline as Nadal goes on to hold and sneak ahead once more in this set
- - SET - NADAL 7-6(3) NISHIKORI - Nadal secure the first set after exactly one hour and five minutes when Nishikori loops a backhand long of the baseline. Much more aggressive play from Nadal in the last couple of games in that set and Nishikori couldn't quite control his groundstrokes as a result. It's a different Nadal than against Monfils the other night though.
- - NADAL 6-6 NISHIKORI - Nadal goes long with an inside out cross court forehand to squander a first game point. But a brutal regulation forehand across court on the next point proves too much for Nishikori. Nadal holds to force the breaker.
- - NADAL 5-6 NISHIKORI - Nishikori does enough to ensure that, at worst, this set ends on a tie-break as he holds to love with a forehand winner and a series of great first serves that Nadal struggles to cope with. The world number one will have to serve to stay in the set for a second time after the change of ends.
- - NADAL 5-5 NISHIKORI - Dangerous times for Nadal as Nishikori continues to apply the pressure throughout the Spaniard's service game. But in the end the Spaniard holds with an ace and a forehand winner.
- - NADAL 4-5 NISHIKORI - Nadal dismissively flicks at a cross court backhand, giving it an injection of pace that takes it away from Nishikori for a winner. But the Japanese player quickly makes amends and holds with an aggressive point that culminates in Nadal netting a forehand. Nadal will have to serve to stay in the set after the change of ends.
- - NADAL 4-4 NISHIKORI - Nishikori can't quite control his forehand down the line with the new balls and sends the shot sailing long before doing almost exactly the same thing with a cross court backhand on the next point. Another forehand long and Nadal has a love service hold to level up once more.
- - NADAL 3-4 NISHIKORI - A poor game from the Japanese player quickly results in triple break point for Nadal when he dumps a foerhand approach shot into the net. Nishikori saves the first with an inch-perfect inside out backhand winner across court, while Nadal squanders the second with a backhand long. Nadal can't take advantage of the third either and Nishikori goes on to hold when the Spaniard nets a forehand.
- - NADAL 3-3 NISHIKORI - Nishikori pushes his way up to the net to draw the backhand passing shot error from Nadal (the Spaniard pulls it wide across court) to save a game point. He can't quite get his flicked backhand smash now over the net on the next point but he earns himself another break point with a beautiful backhand winner down the line. The chance goes begging on a netted forehand and Nadal goes on to hold with an ace.
- - NADAL 2-3 NISHIKORI - Great movement around the baseline from Nadal is undone somewhat with his forehand down the line going well wide to end a 20-stroke rally. The Japanese player does all the hard work on game point only to miss the final volley but he earns himself a second chance and this time he does hold for his third straight game.
- - BREAK - NADAL 2-2 NISHIKORI - Nadal comes up over the top of his backhand a little too soon and mis-hits to allow Nishikori to level at deuce. He quickly follows it up with another error, again off the backhand wing, to hand Nishikori the chance to break back. A fourth backhand error in quick succession, Nadal this time pulling the ball long, and Nishikori has had to do basically nothing to get the break back.
- - NADAL 2-1 NISHIKORI - Nishikori produces his first winner of the match with a big serve out wide followed up by a forehand winner down the opposite line. He goes on from there to hold for the loss of just the one point, when Nadal goes long with a forehand. That should settle some nerves for the Japanese player.
- - NADAL 2-0 NISHIKORI - A first ace from Nadal brings up triple game point and, although he does drop one point when Nishikori blocks a backhand return of serve into play for a winner, Nadal does hold at the second attempt with his second ace.
- - BREAK - NADAL 1-0 NISHIKORI - Not a super start from Nishikori as he opens with a couple of errors to hand Nadal two early break points. Although the Japanese player produces a two sensational forehands in the rally, he eventually goes long and the world number one does have the early break.
- - The players are just about ready to go and it will be Nishikori to get the clash underway after Nadal won the spin of the coin and opted to put the Japanese player in to serve first ...
- - It remains the perfect conditions for playing tennis in Melbourne. Temperatures are currently hovering around the 23 degree mark and although there are a few clouds in the sky it is nothing threatening, just bringing with it a little breeze.
- - STATS - These two have actually faced each other five times before but it does not make for pretty reading for Nishikori as he has lost all five of those previous encounters. In fact, on only one occasion has the Japanese player even managed a set and that was during their first meeting on the grass of Queen's Club way back in 2008.
- - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from this fourth round clash between world number one Rafael Nadal and 16th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan
|Date of Birth||03/06/1986|
|Date of Birth||29/12/1989|