• Ferrer faces Nishikori for quarterfinal berth

    1/19/13 5:21 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Ferrer faces Nishikori for quarterfinal berth World No. 5 David Ferrer looks to reach the final eight at the Australian Open with a victory over 16th seed Kei Nishikori. The players are slated to contest their fourth career meeting on Sunday.

    Fourth seed David Ferrer trails World No. 18 Kei Nishikori in the series. The two last met at the London Olympics, where a round of 16 match went to the 16th seed in three sets.

    Ferrer is through to the round of 16 after upending former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis in straight sets. The 30-year-old Spaniard converted six of 9 break points en route to a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 victory in 117 minutes.

    "It's a very difficult match," said Ferrer. "I will have to play very well for to beat (Nishikori). I will have to play similar to (my third-round match) – consistent, solid. It’s going to be a very physical match, because he has very good shots."

    Ferrer is seeking his third consecutive quarterfinal berth at the Australian Open.

    Nishikori earned a spot in the round of 16 following his straight-sets ousting of Russia's Evgeny Donskoy. The 23-year-old tallied 29 winners and 7 aces through to a 7-6(3), 6-2, 6-3 win in two hours and 6 minutes.

    "I think I played well in important games," Nishikori commented. "It wasn't easy to play today with the wind. (In) the last couple games, I played really well and (was) more confident in my play. So I think I'm in good shape."

    Nishikori will attempt to make his second consecutive quarterfinal in Melbourne.

    Prediction: Ferrer in four sets.

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Ferrer in straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-2

tennis2011 , 1/19/13 6:55 PM

I hope this goes to five, with Kei prevailing. This will be a hard fought match though, that's for sure.

aegis , 1/19/13 8:37 PM

Ferrer in three, at most four. He's too good for Kei.

luckystar , 1/20/13 1:03 AM

I think Ferrer will get the win. I could see it going three sets or possibly Kei taking a set off Ferrer.

Nativenewyorker , 1/20/13 2:13 AM

Ferrer has won the first set 6-2. I think he'll win the match. I hope Ferrer can make it to the SF and gives Nole a good fight.

luckystar , 1/20/13 3:59 AM

Ferrer just too good. Playing like he truly deserves no.4 seed. I would be very glad if he makes it to a final in one of the GS this year!

aegis , 1/20/13 4:18 AM

Actually I'm hoping he makes the final here. With Rafa not around, he has to beat two of the top four at most, instead of a possible three of them. He may not have that may chances in future.

luckystar , 1/20/13 4:27 AM

Lucky, if Berdy can take out Nole Ferrer actually has a very good chance against Berdych. But, I think it will be difficult for Ferrer to outhit and outrun nole..Nole is actually making heavy weather of his relatively easy draw. One who benefits most after todays Nole-Stan match is Murray, because I don't think Fed will reach the final.

netcord , 1/20/13 4:21 PM

This is one match I did get to see. I think that Kei was definitely hampered at times by his knee. Of course playing someone like Ferrer is the worst thing if you are nursing any kiind of injury. But all credit to Ferrer for getting the win in straight sets.

I still don't see Ferrer getting to the final. It would be nice to see it happen, but I just don't think he can get past the other top guys. Things could get interesting if Berdy can take out Nole. The espn commentators were saying that a top player would have to get taken out for Ferrer to have a shot at the final.

At least Kei made the third set interesting.

Nativenewyorker , 1/20/13 4:47 PM

Well now Nole would be dead tired and Berdych, like Stan, can play aggressive tennis and Nole will have a hard time defending again. Ferrer on the other hand is relatively fresh. Of course he has to get past Almagro first, but Ferrer always has his way against Almagro.

After the Nole/Stan match, I really think that both Berdych and Ferrer have their chances to move to the final.

luckystar , 1/20/13 5:01 PM


I really can't speak with any conviction about Nole, not having seen his match with Stan. I don't know if it was just a bad day or if he is really vulnerable. A tough five set match against a guy that wasn't supposed to trouble a top player, can go one of two ways. Either it pushed Nole and also gave him confidence that even when he's not playing his best, he can find a way to win. Or it may be an indication that he is vulnerable.

Nole should be fit enough to recover from this match. He will have to know that Berdy will present an even tougher challenge. I would expect Nole to raise his level of play in that match. He knows that Berdy has the game to beat him.

Ferrer would be fresh no matter what. This guy is like the energizer bunny. He seems to just keep on going. If he can get through Almagro easily then he would be in good shape for a match with Nole. But you never know with Almagro. Sometimes he can bring his best.

I do agree that both Berdy and Ferrer have a chance to get through to the final. I won't rule that out. Now I wonder how Pete Bodo feels after saying that Nole will win. I said after reading that here, there is no such thing as a sure thing. When anyone makes a declarative, absolute statement the way Bodo did, they can end up looking foolish.

Now we will have to watch and see what happens. This should be interesting.

Nativenewyorker , 1/20/13 5:28 PM

I saw part of the first set of Nole/Stan. Nole seemed to slip and fell easily during that first set. Couldnt comment on how he played afterwards as I was off to a concert. IMO, Nole wasn't playing as well as his 2011; from that match against Stepanek, I felt that he was vulnerable. Had Stepanek being a bit younger and quicker, Nole might have even more problem winning.

Stan was playing aggressively when I saw him in the first set, his backhand was really something to behold. If Berdych starts hitting big and not missing, then that'll be another tough day for Nole.

luckystar , 1/20/13 5:40 PM

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