Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori admitted it was tough for him to keep the same level of play throughout the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas and that costed him the win at the Miami Masters.
On Monday night in Miami, Tsitsipas overcame former world No. 4 Nishikori in three sets 6-3 3-6 6-1 to reach the Miami round-of-16.
“I tried to play sticking on baseline and I was able to play that way in the 2nd set, but it was physically tough and I had no room anymore, couldn’t focus at the beginning of the 3rd set. Sometimes I also rushed in long rallies, couldn’t play with enough perseverance,” Nishikori said after the match, as revealed by Seiadoumogera/Twitter.
Tsitsipas made a fast start to the match, having taken a 3-0 lead before serving out for the opener in the ninth game.
“It’s difficult to say it was good or bad, it was half good and half bad. At some moments I played well, that’s good, but I couldn’t keep it through the match, I still have a lot to improve,” Nishikori added.
Nishikori bounced back in the second set
After easily losing the opener, Nishikori started the second set with an early 3-0 lead and he served out for a decider in the ninth game.
“I kind of pushed myself to the limit to take the 2nd set, that costed me in the 3rd set, mentally I couldn’t keep battling against him. It was physically tough too, I rushed to finish points too earlier,” Nishikori admitted.
In the third set, Tsitsipas claimed two breaks and lost no service games to book a three-set win.
“I was able to hit through in rallies & play the way I wanted, that’ll lead to the next step. I still remain good feelings on my play, but I couldn’t keep it through the match, that’s what to work on. I need a bit more that calmness & everything especially against top players,” Nishikori added.