HOW THE MATCHES WERE SET UP
Rafa managed to overcome the Japanese wonder Kei Nishikori relatively easily with a straight sets win over the 2014 US Open runner up. The match was expected to be a lot closer than it turned out, thanks to some brilliant shot making from the Spaniard, digging out from a break in the opening set and wrapped up the match in 93 minutes, 6-4 6-3.
“[Nishikori] started so quickly, hitting all the balls very well and serving great,” Nadal said. “Then he started to miss some first serves, and I returned his second serves aggressively. That was so important in the development of the match.”
Meanwhile Novak Djokovic faced a stiff test in the form of Tsonga and had to play two tie-breaks to continue his winning run here. The double defending champion won both the breakers 7-2. Djokovic blasted two aces, 18 winners and had four double faults in 126 minute encounter against the Frenchman.
David Goffin, the man who knocked out Wawrinka, defeated Cilic 7-6 6-2 in the QFs, while Raonic made light work of Monfils in his 7-5 6-3 win.