Tennis – ATP – Washington: Nishioka surprises Khachanov in the round of 16

Published on August 4, 2022 at 9:19 p.m. – updated on August 4, 2022 at 9:21 p.m.

Mathieu WARNIER

Karen Khachanov, seeded number 7 in the ATP tournament in Washington, was eliminated at the gates of the quarter-finals by Yoshihito Nishioka, winner after two decisive games.

Karen Khachanov stops in the round of 16 in Washington. The Russian, seeded number 7, lost in two very tight sets against Yoshihito Nishioka, who had already beaten Alex de Minaur earlier in the week. The 24th player in the world was able to put his opponent in difficulty at the start with two break points recovered from the first game. However, Karen Khachanov was unable to take advantage of it and the opportunity did not arise again in this first set. On the contrary, at the very end of the round, it was the Japanese who managed to get no less than four break points, which were then set points. But here too, success was not there with Karen Khachanov who was able to hold his service despite everything before taking the 96th in the world to the decisive game. A one-way tie-break for… Yoshihito Nishioka.

Nishioka sparkling in the tiebreak

Suggests only two points on his serve to the Russian, the Japanese was able to get two on opposing engagement before concluding at the first opportunity. Undoubtedly offended by this scenario, Karen Khachanov launched the second round on a completely different tempo. Does not cause the opportunity to break pass, the seeded number 7 of the tournament very quickly led three games to nothing. But, after dismissing a double break ball, Yoshihito Nishioka was able to clear his service game to recall the score. Missing two new break points on the way, the 96th in the world once again Karen Khachanov in the decisive constrained game which was even more expeditious. Indeed, if the Russian won the first point on which his opponent was serving to return to equality, he then sank. Aligning six points in a row, Yoshihito Nishioka sealed the fate of the match (7-6, 7-6 in 2h20 ‘) and will be the opponent of Taylor Fritz or Daniel Evans for a place in the semi-finals.

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