Australian Open 2017: Roger Federer advances to quarters, sends 5th seeded Nishikori out
Federer's match began not long after the crowd witnessed the ouster of Murray in the hands of 50th-ranked German Mischa Zverev
The Swiss legend Roger Federer was not ready to give up like World No.1 Andy Murray and bounced from a slow start to win over fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to advance to the Australian Open quarterfinals for the 13th time in 14 years.
Federer's match began not long after the crowd witnessed the ouster of Murray in the hands of 50th-ranked German Mischa Zverev. Federer, who had outdone Nishikori, would benefit more from that shocker and will play Zverev in the quarter-finals.
The first set reminded of Murray's match when Federer fell behind 4-0 and 5-1 but marched confidently to level at 5-5. But Nishikori retaliated with full power to win the set in the tie-break.
Playing in a Grand Slam after his six-month injury break since Wimbledon, Federer won the next two sets like a champion. He had break points in the second and fourth games of the fourth set, but Nishikori hung back to win the set and send the match to a fifth.
Down by an early break, Nishikori was trailing 3-0 in the final set when called for a trainer and took a medical treatment on his back. Federer rose as winner 30 minutes later, breaking Nishikori's serve for the eighth time to finish the match in 3 hours, 24 minutes.