|Posted on November 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM|
Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori walk out ahead of their men's singles match during day three of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in London, England.
Berdych Takes On Nishikori
After straight-set losses on Sunday, No. 6 seed Berdych and No. 8 seed Nishikori play in a pivotal match during the afternoon session. Back at The O2 for a sixth straight season, Berdych is 0-6 lifetime in his first round-robin match and 5-0 in his second. Nishikori leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head history 3-1 but they havent met in more than three years.
The 30-year-old Czech has reached the quarter-finals or better at 15 of 21 events this season, clinching two titles on the way. At 25, Nishikori is the youngest player in this year’s season finale and is looking to reach the semi-finals for the second year in a row. The top player from Japan reached the quarter-finals or better in 13 of 18 tournaments, capturing three ATP World Tour titles from four finals.
Nishikori Fights Past Berdych For First Group Win
ATP Staff | 17 November 2015
Kei Nishikori has a chance of qualifying should he beat Roger Federer on Thursday
Eighth seed Kei Nishikori earned his first Group Stan Smith win on Tuesday at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Nishikori fought hard to beat sixth seed Tomas Berdych 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 23 minutes. Nishikori will play six-time former champion Roger Federer on Thursday, while Berdych meets four-time titlist Novak Djokovic in their third and final group matches.
Berdych came through a 14-point game for a 3-2 lead, but Nishikori went on to convert his fifth break point opportunity for a decisive 6-5 lead in the 63-minute opener.
Nishikori won the first five points at the start of the second set to take a 2-0, 30/30 advantage, but was left frustrated when Berdych's extra groundstroke power helped him to win the next five games. Berdych closed out the set to love.
Berdych fought back from 15/40 in the second game of the decider, then put Nishikori under pressure at 3-3, 30/30 by striking a forehand volley that hit the net cord and bounced dead for a winner. Nishikori kept his nerve on the break point, forcing a forehand error. At 3-4, Berdych dropped to 0/30 and was unable to re-group as Nishikori launched a series of deep groundstrokes close to the baseline.
Berdych reached the 2011 semi-finals (l. to Tsonga) and has qualified for six straight years.
Score and Stats - Tomas Berdych lost to Kei Nishikori
Tomas Berdych in action in his men's singles match against Kei Nishikori of Japan during day three of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in London, England. Nishikori won 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
Tomas Berdych congratulates his opponent Japan's Kei Nishikori after their men's singles match during day three of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in London, England. Nishikori won 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.