Juan Martin del Potro has successfully returned form 11 months long injury and is now on a spree of wins, another one in the Sydney open against Fabio Fognini with 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Fognini managed to steal the first set off Juan Martin, but the Argentinian player got mad in the hot Wednesday afternoon duel, and turned the match in his advantage, reaching the Sydney International quarterfinals.
It is a disappointing performance by the second-seeded in the group David Goffin of Belgium who previously lost to Simeone Bolelli of Italy with 6-3, 6-3, and with the same result Bernart Tomic of Australia went over the 3rd seated in the group Philipp of Germany. That completes the group’s second round of the fixtures in Sidney Open.
Nishikori, who is having the season of his life, failed to build up what it takes when Novak lost his concentration, and in the start of the third set he missed two break points, giving Novak Djokovic the opportunity to win the match, and so he did, winning last six games and reserving a spot in the final where Roger is waiting.
Djokovic will have the opportunity to get in the records where Ivan Lendl is laying. He can win the season finale tournament three years in a row, something Lendl did 1895-1987.
Novak comments on Nishikori’s game that this was Kei’s best season of his life, and that he is playing really good tennis, but made several double fouls that cost him the game and the place in the finale. Djokovic added that he will watch the Swiss semifinal from his bed with popcorns. The all Swiss semifinal between Roger and Wawrinka was played few hours after Djokovic and Nishikori’s game, and later on Roger managed to get to the finale in an interesting duel where Wawrinka had four match balls, but failed to get them with crucial mistakes and low pressure net runnings.
In this game where Djokovic dictated the game and the tempo from his base line and completely changed in negative way at the start of the second half. He could have had another easy win like his last 9 matches, but lost his concentration over the crowd. It all looked good for the Japanese until he made a double foul and received applaud from the crowd. Djokovic applauded to the public and shook his head not believing what they are applauding at.
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Next match will be on Tuesday where in the semifinals we will have some amazing duels to watch.
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