Kei Nishikori and Kevin Anderson go through to the semifinals in Acapulco



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Kei Nishikori and Kevin Anderson go through to the semifinals in Acapulco

Tennis: World No.5 Kei Nishikori is only one win away from becoming the World No.4, as he reached the semifinals of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel ATP Tournament in Acapulco after beating the fifth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Nishikori has a 13-2 record in 2015 now and a winning streak of 7 matches as he had also won the Memphis Open earlier this month.

If he wins the title here and Rafael Nadal is not able to win the title in Buenos Aires this week, Nishikori will become the World No.3 next week. The Japanese made the proceedings difficult for the Ukrainian from the very first game as Dolgopolov had to save three break points in the first game and there were 5 deuces before Nishikori broke him there. Nishikori kept troubling Dolgopolov did the Ukrainian did well to break back in the eighth game and levelled it at 4-4. But Nishikori broke him again in the next game and held his serve to take the first set 6-4. In the second set, Nishikori needed only one break in the fifth game as he saved the only break point he faced on his serve, to take the second set 6-4 and proceeded into the last four after spending 100 minutes on the court.

Nishikori's semifinals opponent will be the fourth seed Kevin Anderson, who came back from one set down to the edged the former world No.12 Viktor Troicki in 3 sets 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Also Read: Top seed Maria Sharapova races into the Quarterfinals in Acapulco Also Read: Maria Sharapova starts the campaign in Mexico with a straight sets win