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2017 INDIAN WELLS Round 3: TOMAS BERDYCH suffers shock defeat to Lucky loser YOSHIHITO NISHIOKA *H2H* *OoP* *Score and Stats* *PHOTOS*

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 3:25 PM

 

Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan shakes hands at the net after his three set victory in his third round match against Tomas Berdych during day eight of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. Nishioka won 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes.

 


H2H Yoshihito Nishioka vs Tomas Berdych

 




Order of Play - 2017 INDIAN WELLS Round 3 Berdych/Nishioka - Monday, March 13, 2017 Stadium 3






Nishioka rallies to stun world No. 14 Berdych


Monday, March 13, 2017 | Japan News


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Yoshihito Nishioka came up with one of the biggest victories of his career, rallying to knock off world No. 14 Tomas Berdych in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday in Indian Wells.


Nishioka, ranked 70th in the ATP rankings, easily dropped the first set before storming back to defeat the Czech Republic’s Berdych 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.


With the victory, Nishioka set up a meeting with No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka in the fourth round of the Masters level event.


After losing the first set against the 13th-seeded Berdych, Nishioka fell behind 5-2 in the second set before pulling off a miracle comeback.


“It was a matter not of technique, but of mental toughness,” a smiling Nishioka said. “I won today because I didn’t get discouraged.”


Nishioka then turned serious when he added, “Honestly speaking, I didn’t think I would win, but I figured just to do whatever I could when I got the chance.”


He won the eighth game of the second set with a superb passing shot, and gained a break of serve in the 10th game by patiently winning a long rally.


He continually fought to return even the toughest shots, which led a mentally beaten Berdych to make more mistakes in the final set.


Nishioka had lost in the qualifying round of the tournament, but got into the main draw as a lucky loser to replace a late withdrawal.


“I’m playing with confidence,” said the 21-year-old as he takes full advantage of the good fortune.

 

 


Score and Stats - Tomas Berdych lost to Yoshihito Nishioka



Lucky loser Nishioka pulls off epic comeback to beat Berdych in Indian Wells


by Reem Abulleil | Sport 360


ATP NextGen star Yoshihito Nishioka pulled off an incredible comeback from 1-6, 2-5 down to beat Tomas Berdych and reach the fourth round of Indian Wells as a lucky loser.


Nishioka, who lost to Elias Ymer in the final round of qualifying, only made it into the draw after Dmitry Tursunov withdrew with a leg injury. In an ironic twist of fate, Nishioka faced Ymer again, this time in the first round of the main draw, and beat the Swede to advance.


Following his impressive wins of Karlovic (who is 41cm taller than him) and Berdych, the 21-year-old Nishioka is now the first lucky loser to reach the fourth round at Indian Wells.


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The 70th-ranked Japanese lefty next takes on third-seeded Stan Wawrinka, who beat Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-3 to make the last-16.


“Today was wonderful coming back. But at the beginning I didn’t play my best tennis, but this is, I think, not technique and just on mentality, and then I never lost my mentality. That’s why I think I won today,” said Nishioka after his triumphant comeback.


“I was down 1-6, 2-5, and I tried to do my best, but today I couldn’t figure out how can I beat Berdych,” he explained


“But down 2-5, I tried to find a way, and then I think he gave me a little bit chances. So I find a way, and then just kept trying every point. Then he showed me, like, a little bit angry, a little bit feeling tired. So I figured out how to win from down 2-5.


“And then my body feeling like I cannot move, like, that much, but just stay on focus and try fight. And then I find a way.”


Berdych, a semi-finalist in Indian Wells in 2013, held match point in the 10th game of the second set and served for the win twice but unraveled against an inspired Nishioka.


After Nishioka forced the decisive set by winning the tiebreaker, the two traded breaks to open the third before Nishioka broke for a 2-1.


Although Berdych saved one match point in the ninth game, Nishioka closed it out in the next with a love game to reach the fourth round of a Masters tournament for the first time.


Nishioka said he didn’t change his game plan match to complete his comeback but he noticed Berdych was visibly “nervous”.


“I think (in his) last match against Fratangelo, the time he was, I think, nervous as well in the second set. So I can see he’s going to be nervous. So, I mean, I didn’t know he gonna do, like, unforced errors like today. But, yeah, but I knew he gonna be nervous. I knew it,” added Nishioka.

 

 

Tomas Berdych in action against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. Nishioka won 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes.

 


 



 



 



 

Tomas Berdych plays a backhand in his third round match against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan during day eight of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. Nishioka won 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes.

 


Tomas Berdych carries his smashed racquet after losing the second set to Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 13, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. Nishioka won 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes.

 


Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan shakes hands at the net after his three set victory in his third round match against Tomas Berdych during day eight of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Monday, March 13, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. Nishioka won 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes.

 



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