How to lose a set in 16 minutes? Ask Nick Kyrgios


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How to lose a set in 16 minutes? Ask Nick Kyrgios

The 15th seed Nick Kyrgios was one of the dark horses at this year's Wimbledon and he played two rock solid matches to set up a third round meeting with Kei Nishikori, that the Japanese won 6-1 7-6 6-4 in an hour and 37 minutes for the place in the last 16.

The encounter has kicked off just before 19:30 local time on the Court 1 and only a few people thought they could complete the encounter before the darkness. Nishikori had other plans, though, playing one his career-best grass matches to overpower Nick in less than 100 minutes, finishing the job with the last glimpse of sunlight to enter the second week for the third time here at Wimbledon.

Kei did everything right on the court, dropping just 20 points on serve to get broken once from the only break point he gave to Nick, and on the other hand he managed to tame the rival's serve beautifully, winning 36% of the return points to create eight break chances and convert four to seal the deal in straight sets.

As we already said, Kyrgios was focused and determined in the first two rounds and he fought well in sets two and three today but it was the opening set that set the tone for the rest of the match, losing it 6-1 in just 16 minutes! Nishikori grabbed 25 out of 36 points and he was the dominant figure on the court, earning breaks in games two and six and sealing the deal with a hold at love at 5-1 for the best possible start of the match.

The Japanese held in the opening game after three service winners and he broke Nick in game two after four errors from the Aussie who had just one service winner in six points. Nothing changed in game three, Kei brought the game home at love with three winners and we finally saw something from Kyrgios when he held in game four with four winners to put his name on the scoreboard.

Nishikori lost two points on serve in game five but he did enough to move 4-1 ahead and keep the pressure on his rival, who couldn't stand it. Nick hit two double faults in game six to get broken again, firing the last serve at 134 mp/h to send it out from the service field.

Kei completed the set with four winners in game seven and he was a set in front after just 16 minutes, the main reason he managed to win the match before it had to be switched to the Centre Court or scheduled for Monday. To finish the set in 16 minutes the players have to meet certain criteria and Kei and Nick were there to play a quick, flawless tennis with short rallies and with no time wasting between the points.

Kei had 12 winners and just two errors while Nick hit nine winners but also 13 errors, spraying too many loose shots from his forehand and having been reduced to just four service winners. In addition, there were no deuces or long exchanges, with 28 points being completed in the shortest range up to four strokes and the other eight lingering between five and nine shots. The number of shots per point and the winners-errors ratio for both players:

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