Kei Nishikori Battles Past World No.159 Alessandro Giannessi in a Thrilling Five-Setter at French Open 2021

Published 05/30/2021, 12:57 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 17: Kei Nishikori of Japan celebrates winning match point in his second round match against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia during day four of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 17, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


It was the first day of the French Open 2021 and fans witnessed some exciting tennis there. In one of the clashes, Kei Nishikori survived a really tough battle against Italy’s Alessandro Giannessi and defeated him in five sets. The finals scoreline of the match was 6-4, 6(4)-7(7), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The first two sets: Kei Nishikori tries hard but Alessandro Giannessi emerges as the better player

Kei Nishikori began the first set beautifully after winning the first game. However, Giannessi was giving equal competition to the Japanese player till the fifth game. The Japanese gained the lead when he broke in the sixth game and was now leading 4-2. He broke yet again in the tenth game and took the set 6-4.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Kei Nishikori of Japan reacts during his Men’s Singles third round match Alex de Minaur of Australia. Day five of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Both the players showed pure class in the second set and no one was ready to lose. Both broke three times each and the scoreline soon became 6-6. As a result, the set entered the tie-breaker.

In the tie-breaker, the Italian player took an early lead of 4-0 and gave Nishikori no chance to bounce back. Thus, it was Giannessi who won the tie-breaker 7-4 and leveled the set scoreline.

The following two sets: The match changers

World No.49 Nishikori began the third set on a high note this time as he broke in the very first game and took a 2-0 lead at the end of the second game. He didn’t face much difficulty and with the help of some really fine forehands, broke again in the ninth game. As a result, he took the third set 6-3.

The fourth set was a do-or-die set for Giannessi and he played it like that only. He broke in the very first game but Nishikori equalized the scoreline at the end of the sixth game. But he broke back and thus, won the set 6-4.

Set-5: Kei Nishikori wins the decider

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The fifth set was really close and both the players put all their energy into it. It was Giannessi who broke first and was leading 3-2 at the end of the fifth game. However, Nishikori broke back in the 8th game to equalize the scoreline at 4-4. He gained two match points in the tenth game, but the Italian player saved both of them.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

However, Nishikori capitalized on his third match point and conquered the set 6-4, and thus, won his first-round match at the French Open 2021.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Anshul Singh

947 articles

Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT