Following a contest that tied the record for the latest finish of a match in US Open history, Kei Nishikori will meet world No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in the quarter-final round at Flushing Meadows. This marks the third time that the two will cross paths on the professional tour, with Wawrnika leading the series 2-0. Check out the Wawrinka vs Nishikori Head to Head.
Third seed Stan Wawrinka dispatched 16th seed Tommy Robredo 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 to book his spot in the US Open quarter-finals. The Swiss No. 2 saved six of eight break points and hit a total of 75 winners to set his third encounter with Kei Nishikori.
“I think there were a few moments in the match that made a big difference,” said Wawrinka. “Mentally I was really strong today. I was accepting the fact that I was really down physically in the third set, that I was struggling a lot with cramping and everything. But I wasn’t complaining about that. I stayed positive with that.”
The last time Wawrinka defeated Robredo, he went on to win the Australian Open with wins over Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal respectively. He will be looking to maintain a similar trend at the US Open, where he reached the semi-final last season.
Kie Nishikori outlasted Milos Raonic in a thrilling night match on Arthur Ashe Stadium, which ended 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-7(8), 7-5, 6-4 and finished at 2:26am ET. The match lasted a total of 4 hours and 19 minutes and saw several momentum shifts before Nishikori finally broke and served out the match. He withstood 35 aces and 86 winners from Raonic to earn the big win.
According to the ATPWorldTour.com, Nishikori is the first Japanese man to reach the US Open quarter-final since Zenzo Shimidzu in 1922.
“It’s going to bring confidence for sure for the next round,” said Nishikori. “[It was a] really tough five sets. [I’m] very happy to win today. I’ll try to recover [for] tomorrow [versus Wawrinka]. Tomorrow is going to be very important.”
Prediction: Stan Wawrinka in Five Sets