After SF Comebacks, Kei Nishikori And Marin Cilic Will Reprise US Open Final For Basel Title
by Staff | October 30th, 2016, 12:35 am

Kei Nishikori had to save two match points to win a thriller over Gilles Muller 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3 Saturday to reach the Basel finals.

Nishikori, a former champion, was down match points in the second with Muller serving for the match at 5-4, 40-30, but a perfectly placed lob kept the Japenese in the match.

“I knew he was coming in,” said Nishikori of that first match point. “I tried to play with confidence even on my second serve. My arm was shaking a little bit, but I managed to get through that tough moment.”

Nishikori is into his fifth final of the year, and he’ll meet Marin Cilic in a rematch of their 2014 US Open final.

Cilic moved into the 9th position in the ATP Race to London, ahead of Tomas Berdych, after ending the run of qualifier Mischa Zverev 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

“Mischa played great this week,” Cilic said. “He was serving and coming to the net extremely well. When I saved those break points at 4-4, 0-40 in the second set, that was the turning point of the match. That gave me some confidence. The third set was a battle but I felt I was better in the end.”

Nishikori leads Cilic 7-4 but of course lost the only meeting in a final with the Croat.

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10 Comments for After SF Comebacks, Kei Nishikori And Marin Cilic Will Reprise US Open Final For Basel Title

steve-o Says:

Nishikori is a former runner-up in Basel, not a former champion.

steve-o Says:

Congratulations to Cilic! He played great tennis this week and was the more aggressive player in the final. This title gives him a great chance to qualify for the YEC.

Was a little disappointing that Nishikori double-faulted the title away but Cilic was taking the initiative throughout so he really did deserve to win in straights.

It was nice to see the two S&V players, Muller and especially Zverev, do so well. A big change from the baseline banging we usually see these days.

Willow Says:

Cilic has his moments, but they all seem to be moments of sporadic brilliance, sorry for Kei really as i cant stand Cilic because of the company he keeps, no matter great his game is ….

Willow Says:

matter how ….

J-Kath Says:


Cilic seems to be a bit of a nemesis for Kei. Odd how some match-ups are difficult

Willow Says:

J-Kath true, same in football, alot of football teams have one team that they never do well against ….

steve-o Says:

Cilic seems to be a bit of a nemesis for Kei. Odd how some match-ups are difficult

Nishikori has a 7-5 W/L record against Cilic, so I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

sorry for Kei

I’ll always prefer an attacking player like Cilic who takes risks and forces the play over someone like Nishikori who relies more on footspeed and hustle, and a safer, more consistent game to outlast opponents.

Anyway, Nishikori’s had a wonderful career. No real reason to feel sorry for him.

Willow Says:

Fair enough then, but just to say Cilic is an amazing player, and his run and winning the USO in 2014 was amazing, but im sorry i lost all respect for the guy the day i saw him pictured with a neo nazi pop star, having multi culture in my family means i take a dim view on such things, i respect him as a player, just not as a person, my opinion and im sticking by it ….

Van Persie Says:

Congrats to Cilic. Missed all matches today, am sure Kei vs Marin was also good one. I personally like to see Cilic playing, when he’s on fire. A shame he’s not very consistent…

Willow Says:

And anyway i didnt even say i felt sorry for Nishikori ….

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