Nishikori fights past Dellien to set up a confrontation with the revenge of Madrid with Wawrinka
MADRID: Kei Nishikori Will Be Faced Stan Wawrinka In The Third Round Madrid Open After Fighting Against The Bolivian Qualifier Hugo Dellien On Wednesday.
Nishikori Needed Just Over Two Hours To Win 7-5, 7-5 After Dellien Saved Seven Set Points During An Impressive Fightback From 5-1 Down In The Opening Set.
The Japanese Will Go Up Against Wawrinka On Thursday For A Place In The Quarter-finals. The Winner Could Play Rafael Nadal.
Wawrinka Defeated Argentina Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4, With A Break In Each Set Proving Enough For The Three-time Grand Slam Champion.
Nishikori Has Lost His Last Two Meetings With Wawrinka, Including A Three-set Defeat In Rotterdam In February, When His Swiss Opponent Got Used To His First Final Since Undergoing Knee Surgery In 2017.
The Pair Have Reached 12 Grand Slam Semi-finals Between Them.
Nishikori's Compatriot And World Number One Naomi Osaka Is Through To The Quarter Finals Of The Women's Tournament For The First Time After She Eased Past Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-2, 6-3.
Osaka Pulled Out Of The Semi-finals In Stuttgart Last Month With An Abdominal Injury But Has Said She Is No Longer Feeling Discomfort During Matches.
The two-time major champion Will Be Faced either Switzerland's Belinda Bencic and Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova in the last eight.
A Potential Semi-final Foe For Osaka Is World Number Three Simona Halep, Who Annihilated Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova 6-0, 6-0 In 44 Minutes.
Halep Is Chasing The Third Madrid Title After Winning The Tournament In 2016 And 2017.