This result shows 3 things:
- Nishikori is a very good and consistent player. I can easily see him in Top 3 for many many years.
- Ferrers best times are maybe over. That Andujar loss. That match yesterday. And today as well...
- Goffin was so close and plays really good on clay.
Absolutely masterful performance in the 2nd set, started off very tight (as he usually does) and again still has trouble serving out sets but all in all, Nishikori is going to be a very very difficult match for Murray. I think Ferrer's accepted that Nishikori's just better, you can tell at the handshake.
Inspiring stuff. Perhaps not the sharpest Kei has been but the easiest win over Ferrer in a while since AO2015. No more than 75 minutes needed.
Stats tell it all. Ferrer unable to do anything to put Nishikori on the back foot. Despite being broken one in each set, Nishikori played a very controlled match. Crucial moment serving for first set *5-4, saved 2 BPs down 15-40 with 2 big first serves.
Beautiful performance from Kei, especially in the 2nd set. Bossing the rallies and ripping that backhand :worship:. I hope he keeps it up and reaches the final again but this year does one better than last year .