It was another grand slam filled with five setters for Kei Nishikori. The former U.S. Open finalist rallied to post Khachanow 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round of the French Open. He also went to the 5 set to beat Italian qualifier in his opening match. He improved to 9-2 in five set matches at French Open and 26-7 in his career. He has won 10 of his 11 five setters.
As the match went on, Nishikori tried to end points rapidly fast and mixed with different tactics with serve and volleying on his first match point he unleashed a powerful inside out forehand which landed so close to the line but thankfully it was in and the match was finally over after 3 hours, 59 minutes. It seems like a Grand slam without Nishikori playing marathon matches of 5 sets is not a Grand slam. He had 2 five set matches in a row being just back from injury and come up with strong and just shoes his grit and dedication to the game. His shots aren’t explosive like other top players but plays with so perfect angles especially on the backhand. It just shows his confidence level he has at the moment. He is the most dangerous unseeded player in this tournament. He just flashes hoe tough he is mentally to come back and win the game. His techniques are impeccable. If he plays like these two games he can go all the way to win a grand slam but has to avoid long matches, might get caught with injury or didn’t have any gas left in the tank moving further in the tournament. He always has to suffer a lot to get his wins because of his extremely weak serve. We can say for the moment that he is the master of 5 setters.