Tennis: Nishikori Sets Sights On Slam Title
Zeeshan Mehtab 4 years ago Sat 07th January 2017 | 02:00 PM
BRISBANE, Australia, Jan 7, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 07th Jan, 2017 ) - Kei Nishikori says a Grand Slam title is within reach following his impressive straight sets win over US Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the semi-finals of the Brisbane International Saturday.
Nishikori, 27, beat the Swiss world number four 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 in one hour, 40 minutes at the Pat Rafter Arena. He will now take on Grigor Dimitrov in the decider after the Bulgarian stunned top seed and defending champion Milos Raonic 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 in the second semi-final.
"This one will give me a lot of confidence, and hopefully tomorrow too," he said. "The Grand Slam is going to be a big goal for me to play well." After an even first set with no breaks of serve Nishikori stepped up a gear to race away with the tiebreak.
He then began to outplay Wawrinka and dominated the second set. "It was a really tough first set," he said. "But I really stayed tough until the tiebreak, and I got one or two chance in the tiebreak.