Japanese tennis ace Kei Nishikori put up a career-best grass-court performance to stun Australian rising star Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon third round 6-1 7-6 (3) 6-4. The Japanese, who has never particularly enjoyed playing on the grass, demolished big-serving Kyrgios -- who was hoping to potentially make it all the way at Wimbledon as he prefers the grass over any other surface No.
24 seed Nishikori clinched a spot in the last-16 at Wimbledon for the third time in his career after beating the Australian. The Japanese previously reached the last-16 at The Championships in 2014 and 2016 -- but failed to make it a step further on both occasions as he was defeated by Canadian Milos Raonic and Croatia's Marin Cilic, respectively.
Nishikori won 80 percent of his first serve points and converted 4-of-8 of his break point in just an hour and 37 minutes of action. "I'm sure that this was my best ever grass match," Nishikori said post-match.
Kyrgios is widely considered to be one of the best servers on the Tour but his monstrous serve wasn't a big factor on Saturday as Nishikori did a great job of reading and returning the Australian's serve. "I returned really well despite barely seeing the ball in the last couple of games," Nishikori confessed.
Nishikori is set to clash next against former world No. 10 Ernests Gulbis -- who stunned world No. 3 Alexander Zverev. Also read: Ruthless Nick Kyrgios destroys Marion Bartoli on Instagram