Third Masters Quarterfinal of the Year
Date: 09 août 2013 à 10:29:43 CEST
Sujet: Tournaments (English)

After Miami, where he reached the semis, and Monte Carlo, this is the third Masters quarterfinal of the year. Richard defeated Kei Nishikori 1-6 6-3 6-4 and will play Novak Djokovic tonight.

There was much at stake in this match, the winner would be Nr. 10 in the ranking. Richard was broken twice in the first set, which totally belonged to the Japanese. Despite not playing well, Richard kept fighting and broke Nishikori at the start of the second set. He used spins to break his opponents' rhythm. Richard achieved another break at the end of the set to take it 6-3.

With the advantage of serving first Richard looked more conficent and manged to break in the fifth game. He had to fight hard not to be rebroken straight away as the serve let him down, but he hold. The final negative highlight came when the umpire called a time violation at Richard's first matchpoint, the same umpire who had never intervened on numerous wrong linecalls affecting both players. Richard answered with an ace and took his second match point for a 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

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