The Japanese Kei Nishikori (ATP 9) has Monday after a handsome remonte placed for the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. In the decisive set came to a supertiebreak’.
The eighth seed came up against the Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta (ATP 23) 0-2 behind but drew still in bed. After a party of up to 5 hours and 11 minutes was the 6-7 (8/10), 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 and 7-6 (10/8) final score on the scoreboard of the Margaret Court Arena. The contest was settled with a supertiebreak. Where once in the fifth and deciding set of a Grand Slam no tiebreak was possible, was now introduced to long drawn-out contests to avoid. In contrast to a normal tiebreak, in which seven winning points is played, in a supertiebreak to win to who will be the first ten winning scores points.
The 29-year-old Nishikori gets so, just like in 2012, 2015 and 2016, the quarter-finals in Melbourne. Therein, he plays against the Serb topreekshoofd Novak Djokovic (ATP 1), or the Russian Daniil Medvedev (ATP 19). That last busted David Goffin (ATP 22) from in round three. (belga)