Boy oh boy, do I feel pretty good about my prognostication skills.
Kei Nishikori defeated Roger Federer last night, despite losing the first set and being down a break in the second. The final score was 3-6; 7-5; 6-4.
Okay, granted, I didn’t quite pick Nishikori, but I said it’d be far more likely for him to win than Murray, and that I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised if Nishikori won.
Federer ended up with 39 unforced errors and was surprisingly inefficient. Nishikori was able to hit the ball well and fight through rallies. The win actually improves Nishikori to 2-1 all time against Federer.
“Yeah, it was second time to beat him,” a low-key Nishikori said afterward. “I was hitting balls deep and striking well. And I was fighting.”
Unfortunately for Kei, it was a finals matchup. He has Novak Djokovic to play next in the semi-finals.