Japan’s Kei Nishikori needed 10 match points to outlast the ever-formidable David Ferrer of Spain to advance to the Madrid Masters 2014 final. The final score was 7-6, 5-7, 6-3. Nishikori’s dream run this week will assure him a place in the world’s top ten when the rankings are updated on Monday. This will make him the first Japanese man ever to be part of the elite list. Up next for Nishikori is world number one Rafael Nadal and he hopes to break the 0-6 win-loss record against the Spaniard.
Ferrer said that this is just one of the matches that hurt him.
“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.”