When they previously faced each other in Miami ’14, Nishikori prevailed 7-6(7) 2-6 7-6(9) saving 4 match points – the match lasted 3 hours 5 minutes, this time 2 hours 55 minutes… Ferrer led 5:2* (30-all) in the 1st set, Nishikori had a match point at 5:4* in the 2nd set – Ferrer responded with an ace. In the last 10-deuce-game of the match, which took 17 minutes, Nishikori needed 9 match points (saved 4 break points). “Now I’m hurting because I’ve lost a really tough match,” said Ferrer. “I had my opportunities too, especially in the first set. He played at a really high level. I think I let him go up in the first set. Tomorrow I’ll see it another way. I’ll be more positive. Not because I’ve been there, because I made to the to the semi-finals and had good feelings here. It hurts me not being able to be in the final tomorrow.”
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