The blockbuster Sunday clash lived up to it’s billing as Roger Federer had to go all the way to defeat the fifth seed Kei Nishikori. After going down 1-5 in the first set, Federer got in his groove and though he missed out on taking the first set he bossed Ninja for the next hour or so, going up 2 sets to 1. In the fourth Kei won a 10 minute game and broke immediately in the next game to take the fourth set against the flow of things.
But Nishikori- who called for a medical timeout in the fifth- was never allowed to get a look in the final set as Roger wrapped up a crucial win to march into the quarters.
Here’s how the twitter reacted to this marathon!
— Toni Kroos (@ToniKroos) January 22, 2017
— #7TENNIS 🎾 (@7tennis) January 22, 2017
— AJ (@ayejah86) January 22, 2017
Game, set and match
Federer as he takes Nishikori 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-1 4-6 6-3 #AusOpen
— Tie Break Tens (@tiebreaktens) January 22, 2017
Federer vs Nadal final, please.
— Erin Raif (@erin_raif) January 22, 2017
— GIUSEPPE ROSSI (@GiuseppeRossi22) January 22, 2017
— LΞΞ DΛVIDSΞ (@lee_davidse) January 22, 2017
— Mark Selby (@markjesterselby) January 22, 2017
— Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) January 22, 2017