Ferrer beats Nishikori, Tipsarevic retires at Australian Open

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David Ferrer sees off Nishikori in straight sets up a quarterfinal match with fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro at Australian Open 2013. Tipsarevic out with an injury.

The chase for quarterfinal spots at this year’s Australian Open started with a clash between fourth seed Ferrer and sixteenth-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori. They were tied in their head to head record prior to their fourth round match, yet there was no doubt about the winner this time. However, the Spaniard needed to save five break point opportunities before seizing Nishikori’s serve for the first time and ultimately closed out the opener with the second break.

Having survived and early break point scare, the semifinalist from 2011 Ferrer raised the level of his game again to obtain a double break advantage by 5-0 in the set number two. He was even confident enough to escape a 0-40 deficit at 5-1 and convert the first set ball to double the score.

Each player dropped two serves by 3-3 in the third set, but it was again Nishikori who could not handle the pressure and allowed Ferrer to break him to take a 5-4 lead. The Spaniard was only a step away from the finish line now – he produced a triple match ball and forced his opponent to send his final forehand of the day long. Ferrer proceeded into the quarters after a bit more than two hours of tennis with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory. Saving 11 out of 13 break points (Nishikori 4/11) was one of the keys to his success at Rod Laver Arena today.

Ferrer’s next challenger will be his tenth-seeded compatriot Almagro who won the opener against eight seed Janko Tipsarevic. At that time Tipsarevic was already struggling with a left foot injury, so he threw in the towel when the second set was evidently out of his reach, too. The result: 6-2, 5-1 ret.  

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