Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka’s stock keeps rising as the No. 70-ranked 20-year-old lucky loser on Monday saved a match point in upsetting No. 13-ranked Tomas Berdych 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 to move into the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.
“I tried to do my best, but today I couldn’t figure out how could I beat Berdych,” Nishioka said. “I tried to find a way, and then I think he give me a little bit of a chance. My body was feeling like I cannot move that much, but I just stayed focused and tried to fight. And then I found a way.”
His reward is a meeting with No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka, who beat No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-3.
“The first set was not easy, for sure, but in general I’m happy with my game,” Wawrinka said. “I was serving well. I think I’m moving better and better and it’s all positive so far.”
Wawrinka and Nishioka have never shared a court, but the Swiss thinks he knows what he will encounter next round.
“I know how he’s playing — more from the baseline, using his power,” Warinka said of Nishioka. “It’s going to be interesting. I never practice with him, so it’s going to be the first time we’re going to be against each other. So I’m sure it’s going to be a good match.”
No. 10 seed Gael Monfils in the last night match defeated No. 20 John Isner 6-2, 6-4, and he will next meet No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem, who fended off the net-rushing game of No. 29 Mischa Zverev 6-1, 6-4.
Other seeded winners on the day were No. 11 David Goffin defeating No. 22 Albert Ramos 7-6(3), 6-4; No. 21 Pablo Carreno receiving a walkover against No. 16 Roberto Bautista Agut; and No. 27 Pablo Cuevas dismissing Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-4.
Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who earlier ousted world No. 1 Andy Murray, fell to Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5.
Tuesday’s rich highlights at Indian Wells include (5) Rafael Nadal vs. (26) Fernando Verdasco in an all-Spanish encounter, (9) Roger Federer vs. (24) Steve Johnson, (2) Novak Djokovic vs. (31) Juan Martin del Potro, (15) Nick Kyrgios vs. (18) Alexander Zverev, and (12) Grigor Dimitrov vs. (17) Jack Sock.
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