Australian Open: Kei Nishikori survives scare vs Pablo Carreno Busta to enter quarters

first_imgAustralian Open: Kei Nishikori survives scare vs Pablo Carreno Busta to enter quartersAustralian Open: Kei Nishikori battled for five sets till the final tiebreak to emerge victorious 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6(8) against Pablo Carreno Busta to reach quarter-finals.advertisement Abreshmina S Quadri MelbourneJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 31, 2019 01:23 IST Australian Open: Kei Nishikori had played two five-setters and a three-setter in the first 3 rounds. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKei Nishikori survived a scare vs Pablo Carreno Busta in Australian Open 4th roundNishikori reached his fourth quarter-final at Australian OpenCarreno Busta was looking to make his first quarter-final in MelbourneWorld number 9 Kei Nishikori of Japan battled past Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6(8) into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open at the Margaret Court Arena on Monday. Nishikori was wasteful in the early part of the part, which cost him a lot of energy but that did not stop the Japanese from fighting till his last breath and coming out victorious.Nishikori’s countrymate Naomi Osaka, earlier in the day, had fended off a strong challenge from Anastasija Sevastova to advance to her first quarter-finals in Melbourne.Nishikori followed the lead but in a far more rigorous manner as he fought for five hours and five minutes before adding to his three quarter-final appearances in Melbourne Park.Carreno Busta put up an inspired fight against the number 8 seed in Melbourne Park but could not make it to his first quarter-final of the Australian Open.Carreno Busta showed a brilliant attitude against his much-higher ranked opponent and fought tooth and nail but fell just short.Simply…unbelievable.From 0-2 sets down, an exhausted @keinishikori fights back to def. Carreño Busta 6-7(8) 4-6 7-6(4) 6-4 7-6(8) in 5 hours and 5 minutes.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/3WUAq1Japx#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019In the first set, Nishikori broke Busta’s serve multiple times but every single time, the Spaniard hit right back at the Japanese and stayed in the match. Appearing in the Australian Open for only the second time, Carreno Busta’s resilience got him through in the first set.With momentum on his side, Carreno Busta was able to break Nishikori and hold his own serves well to take the second set comfortably.advertisementIn the third set, the Spaniard got an early break but soon, Nishikori broke back to make it 3-3.From there on, the two men held their serves and took the set to the tiebreak. Nishikori then got the better of Carreno Busta and took the match into the 4th set.In the fourth set, Nishikori managed to break Carreno Busta early but the Spaniard broke Nishikori back. However, the Japanese didn’t lose his cool and broke Carreno Busta once again and held his serve thereon to take the match into the fifth set.The 5th set showed exactly the kind of fighter that Kei Nishikori is. Nishikori found renewed energy and rallied to break Carreno Busta early on.Margaret Court Arena was witness to an exceptional level of tennis on Monday as the Japanese star was cheered loudly with each point he won.”Why didn’t I play like this 3 hours ago.”#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/L8YcdkRlis#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019The crowd was as appreciative of the fight Carreno Busta put up but Nishikori used all his experience and immense hitting ability to push through.There was a lot of drama towards the end of the match. From close line calls to a massive fallout between Carreno Busta and the chair umpire, the match was a a thrilling one.The controversy arose when the chair umpire awarded a point to Nishikori in the 5th set tiebreak when the Japanese was 5-8 down. Carreno Busta had reached out to pick a Nishikori shot from wide and his return came close to the net. As Nishikori jumped to hit a winner, the line judge called it out but Nishikori nonetheless went his shot.Busta took a review which showed that Busta’s return was on the line but since Nishikori had hit the ball and the umpire felt the call was taken after the Japanese went with his shot, he gave the point to Nishikori.Carreno Busta got into an argument with the chair umpire trying to explain to him that the line judge had called it out and the point was supposed to be replayed. Replays showed the same but the umpire remained put with his decision.Carreno Busta could not gather humself after that as Nishikori won all the points from there and came out on top. The Spaniard did not even shake hands with the umpire and it was Nishikori who took the initiative to shake hands with Carreno Busta and hug him. Busta, with tears in his eyes, left the arena immediately cursing and screaming at the umpire as the audience booed him for his behaviour.Nishikori will next take on either world No.1 Novak Djokovic, who defeated youngster Daniil Medvedev.*Almost* point of the tournament…#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/feyBwYX8wu#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019LUCAS POUILLE BEATS BORNA CORICEarlier, Lucas Pouille put up an inspired performance against Croatia’s 11th seed Borna Coric to reach his first quarter-final at the Australian Open on Monday. Pouille came from a set down to win 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-5, 7-6(2).advertisementNever been past the 1R and now…@la_pouille finds himself in the #AusOpen quarterfinals, def. Borna Coric 6-7(4) 6-4 7-5 7-6(2).#AOFiredUp pic.twitter.com/yFeqm8f44L#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 21, 2019Pouille is the 28th seed in Melbourne but has performed out of this skin this week. Apart from an easy first round win, Pouille has fought in four sets and a five-setter to make it through.After winning his 4th round match, Pouille even wrote “Love Australia” on the camera.Also Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso Read | Serena Williams beats world No.1 Simona Halep to reach Australian Open last 8Also Read | Kids club? Naomi Osaka seeks inspiration from Tsitsipas, TiafoeAlso Read | Alexander Zverev on smashing racquet into pieces at Australian Open: I let my anger outFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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