Nishikori at the 1/2-final in Challenger for the first time since 2010

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Former World number 4 and US Open 2014 finalist Kay Nishikori qualified for the semi-finals of the Challenger Challenger series in Dallas. The Japanese defeated the world number 295 Dominic Koepfer 7:6 (3), 6:3, with a second victory in the United States after Matthias Bahinger in the previous round.

Especially in the first set, the unpretentious Bahhinger made a serious resistance to Nishikori, nothing that entered the tournament as a happy loser. Kay, on the other hand, served only 55% successfully and lost 40% of the points on his serve, but the score was solid throughout the game and scored 50% to prevail in two sets.

Koffer wrestled worthy in the first part and returned a break for 2:2, winning the longest game adviced by live betting odds in the match. But he made more mistakes in the tiebreak, and in the first seven games he made two mini-breaks. The German, however, confused the forehand and Nishikori led with 5:3, and later a mistake by Kopfer`s crusher provided the Japanese set. The 27th in the world led 4-0 in the second set, but several serious forehand mistakes threatened to erase the advantage of two breaks, but Koepfer only returned one and Nishikori closed the 6:3 part.

For the first time since 2010 in Knoxville, the Japanese will play a semi-final of a Challenger series tournament. The Dallas Challenger organizers boasted that because of the presence of the Japanese star all tickets for the tournament were sold. Nashikori`s last ATP World Tour was in August in the Masters in Canada when he lost in his first match against Gael Monfys and then retired to recover a torn tendon in the right wrist.

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