Federer vs Nishikori: Kei Nishikori vs Roger Federer all matches, with stats on their H2H rivalry. ATP & WTA Kei Nishikori head to head tennis search.Federer battled his way into the quarter-finals in Shanghai with a three-set win over Roberto Bautista Agut. It was the second straight match Federer has lost a set …
Federer set up a quarter-final showdown with his fellow Uniqlo ambassador after narrowly beating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 today.The Swiss star had a similarly tricky opening match in China as he needed the full three sets to see off Daniil Medvedev earlier this week.
Federer acknowledges that he has to work on holding his serve to try and wrap up the victory much quicker.
But he has only met Nishikori on seven previous occasions and the Japanese sensation has recorded two victories – although none have arrived since 2014.
“As we know with Kei’s game, once he finds his range and his rhythm, he’s very tough to play,” Federer said.
“I think it’s going to be a tough match tomorrow. I hope it’s going to help me that I played against [Daniil] Medvedev and also Bautista Agut, two really good baseliners, to be honest.
“From that standpoint, I feel like I found a rhythm. Now it’s just up to me to play a good match myself.
The defending champion is hoping to reach the semi-final of the Masters 1000 tournament for the ninth time in 11 appearances. Federer though has been made to work hard in the ongoing edition.
After surviving a scare against Daniil Medvedev in the second round, the 37-year-old was pushed to the limits once again by Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.
Federer broke Agut in the second set but the Spaniard stepped up and forced a decider before going down 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Nishikori has managed to remain consistent over the last two months as he finally looks in shape following a series of injuries. The Japanese star had headed into the tournament on the back of a runner-up finish in Tokyo last week.
The US Open semi-finalist showcased his defensive prowess in the R16 match by outclassing big-serving Sam Querrey in straight sets.
Federer acknowledges the threat Nishikori’s possess but insists the hard-fought battles against good baseliners in Medvedev and Agut will help him during the quarter-final.
“As we know with Kei’s game, once he finds his range and his rhythm, he’s very tough to play. [I’m] not sure if fast courts suit him better or not, because I feel like he actually plays well on clay, grass, hard. He can do it all… [But] I think it’s going to be a tough match tomorrow,” Federer was quoted as saying by ATP’s official website.
“I hope it’s going to help me that I played against Medvedev and also Bautista Agut, two really good baseliners, to be honest.”
The 21-year-old Borna Coric is through to his fifth Masters 1000 quarter-final after just one set played against the 3rd seed Juan Martin del Potro who was forced to retire after falling and injuring his knee. Both players were not on their best but it was Borna who scored the only break in game 11, holding at love a few minutes later for a 7-5 before the Argentinian decided to retire after 68 minutes.
World number 12 Kei Nishikori has scored his 36th ATP win of the season after a 7-6 6-4 triumph against Sam Querrey in an hour and 32 minutes, advancing into his fourth straight quarter-final and earning the 95th Masters 1000 win.
This was their 10th meeting and the first since Acapulco 2016, with the Japanese claiming the sixth win over the American thanks to a very solid performance on serve and with one break in the second set. Sam fought great on the fast hard court and he fired 16 aces to face just three break points, suffering the only break in the last game of the match to hand the win to his rival without a chance to reach another tie break.