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Nishikori comes from behind to see off Kyrgios

OmnisportOmnisport 6/05/2016 Jack Davies
nishikori - CROPPED: Kei Nishikori © Provided by Omnisport Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori came from behind to secure a 6-7 (6-8) 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 victory over Nick Kyrgios and book his place in the Madrid Open semi-finals on Friday.

Both players impressed on serve in the opening set, which saw five games won to love, with Kyrgios producing an audacious shot between the legs to lob Nishikori on his way to forcing a tie-breaker.

Despite blinking first, Kyrgios recovered to convert his second set point and began to dominate on his own serve in the second, while Nishikori came under increasing pressure on his.

The Japanese refused to give in, though, as he produced another blemish-free set from a serving perspective, and he cruised through the tie-breaker as Kyrgios lost his cool, given a warning after tossing his racquet in frustration.

Kyrgios looked rattled and, after falling a break down in the decider, muttered angrily to himself in his chair when he squandered three chances to break back at 4-2 down.

Despite Kyrgios winning the next game to love, Nishikori converted his fourth match point to earn a last-four berth that had looked unlikely.

Nishikori will face the winner of the quarter-final between Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic, which takes place later on Friday.

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