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Nishikori survives scare against Karlovic at Aussie Open

Nishikori survives scare against Karlovic at Aussie Open

The Croat fends off two break points at 3-4 in the fourth set and he was on fire in the closing stages, rattling off ten straight points for another 7-5 result, stealing Nishikori's serve at love at 5-5 to make a complete comeback and force the decider. "The adrenaline takes over", said Raonic, the runner-up at Wimbledon in 2016.

"Fourth set was really tough I lost four easy games".

"I don't know what to say". Raonic thought that helped him quite a bit.

"I feel like I've played the game for a while", said Williams, who recently split from longtime coach David Witt.

Raonic delivered 39 aces, part of an impressive ratio of 84 total winners to only 44 unforced errors.

After missing last year's Australian Open because of injury, Nishikori reached the fourth round at the French Open, the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the semifinals in NY, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the last two.

This was a matchup probably better suited to the second week than the second round of a Grand Slam tournament, given both men's credentials.

His signature one-handed backhand is as risky as ever - he had a 16-2 edge in winners on that shot Thursday - and he hit 28 aces of his own.

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Plagued with injuries in the a year ago and half or so, Raonic is looking very strong here in Melbourne, firing booming serves and standing tall from the baseline as well, finishing today's test with 84 winners (39 aces) and just 44 unforced errors.

Coming back strongly after two back to back defeats in the previous sets, Nishikori won 76 per cent of the points in the final set. I really returned well - focussed well the last couple of points.

Raonic had plenty to do with that, including in the third-set tiebreaker, when he served his way out of trouble.

The world number nine tennis player Kei Nishikori on Thursday edged past Ivo Karlovic of Croatia to advance into the third round of the men's singles event in the ongoing Australian open.

After a real resurgence that saw her get to two finals - including at the 2017 Australian Open, where she lost to her younger sister Serena, a straight-set victor Tuesday - and two other semifinals in a six-major span, Williams was bumped from two of the past four Slams in the first round.

Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up who has made the semifinals in three of the last five majors, will next play No. 12-seeded Elise Mertens, who beat Margarita Gasparyan 6-1, 7-5. "Never easy. Kind of frustrating if you can't get the serve like three in a row".

Karlovic served 59 aces in the match - but crucially just one in the deciding tiebreaker - as Nishikori prevailed 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 5-7 7-6 (10-7) on a hot and muggy day in Melbourne.


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