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Kei!!! :worship: Excellent display of tennis. Kei hitting was amazing. Some returns were world class. The scoreline could have been better had Kei not missed those awful number of BPs.

Gabashvili too played some lovely points, especially while saving a few BPs but some of his errors and DFs were really really bad for this level.

With Tsonga playing excellent in the other match. we have a cracker of a QF!!
 

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French Open R4: (5) Nishikori def. Gabashvili 6-3 6-4 6-2

Easily Kei's best performance of the tournament. Brilliantly done.
 

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RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

Nishikori is the first man into the QFs, defeating Mathieu, Bellucci, and Gabashvili to get there (and benefiting from a walkover as well). Not murderer's row, but he'll be fresh for his QF against Tsonga or Berdych (probably Tsonga).
 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

Wow, Nishikori must be so tired from these tough opponents.
 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

A decent chance as any to reach another slam final
 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

Nishikori is the first man into the QFs, defeating Mathieu, Bellucci, and Gabashvili to get there (and benefiting from a walkover as well). Not murderer's row, but he'll be fresh for his QF against Tsonga or Berdych (probably Tsonga).
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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

Nishikori is the first man into the QFs, defeating Mathieu, Bellucci, and Gabashvili to get there (and benefiting from a walkover as well). Not murderer's row, but he'll be fresh for his QF against Tsonga or Berdych (probably Tsonga).
well..bellucci could have been tough ,its not kei's fault thomaz is so damn up and down. but yeah, the rest of his draw has been a joke
 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

Expected.
Tsonga and Berdych are good match-ups for Kei, but Berdych will be a lot easier.
 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

Good energy conserving match from Kei, turns it up when he needs to, coasts the rest of the way, he should be very fresh for the QFs. Extremely fortunate draw for him I must say, Gabashvili was awful most of the time, double faulting on break points twice, but this is what happens when you play the best of the best, you get nervous. Gaba and Bellucci were playing as well as they ever did before they faced Kei, only a totally on fire opponent will catch him.
 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

Cakewalk of a draw so far for Kei, will have his first toughie next match either way. Although on the whole he has been solid, it is concerning that Kei has routinely struggled from double breaks up in his three matches.
 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

As was expected, Gabashvili tried to boss Nishikori around with 100% hard shots. Didn't work. He tried to mix in some variety from the 2nd set on. Didn't work either.

A routine win for Nishikori, and the scoreline is a tad flattering for Gabashvili, who I believe did his best. It's just that nothing he could do worked against this Nishikori.
 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

Nishikori-Tsonga should be a treat.
 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

Easy draw so far but I hope he can get through to the SF at least.
 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

:hearts::hearts::hearts:
 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

Impressive performance in tricky conditions but still not the cleanest by his standards in terms of UEs contributing to the second serve deficits. Main thing is that he kept constant pressure on Gaba's serve, both 1st and 2nd serve returns were excellent and dictated rallies a good proportion of the time. Also very good balance of offense and defense today.

 

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Re: RG R4: [5] Nishikori def. Gabashvili, 6-3 6-4 6-2

Impressive performance in tricky conditions but still not the cleanest by his standards in terms of UEs contributing to the second serve deficits. Main thing is that he kept constant pressure on Gaba's serve, both 1st and 2nd serve returns were excellent and dictated rallies a good proportion of the time. Also very good balance of offense and defense today.

I don't know if those unforced error numbers are accurate. From what I saw, a lot of the errors from Kei were coming from deep and hart hit balls from Gaba. So, my feeling is that some of those unforced should go into the forced error column.

Also, some of those errors may have been due to the heavy rain soaked balls. So, I wouldn't be too concerned.

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