Novak Djokovic sails into the semifinals with a straight sets win over Kei Nishikori
Defending champion Novak Djokovic progressed through to the semfinals of the 2016 Australian Open after beatinh Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-3 6-2 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The opening set saw the Serbian serve 6 aces and 65% of poionts on his first serve and even though Nishikori served more aces and was almost on equal terms as far points on first serve, it was in the unforced errors that he fell short. The 2014 US Open finalist had 14 of them to his credit while Djokovic had 9. The top seed eventually clinched the set 6-3.
The second set saw Djokovic, once again, do well on his main serve , clinching 75% of his points to Nishikori’s 58 but the key difference proved to be the unforced errors again with the former having just 2 to the latter’s 9. Both had equal number of winners in the set(7) but it was Djokovic who won it 6-2 to further strengthen his position.
The third and final set saw Nishikori serve much better and convert even 2 out of the 3 break point opportunities that came his way, but once again, for a long duration in the set, it was Djokovic who made the fewer errors and as a result of that, he won it 6-4 to book a place in the semfinals.
He will take on Roger Federer in the final four.