Australian Open 2016 day 5: Nishikori, Tsonga and Radwanska
Kei Nishikori defeats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-5 2-6 6-3 6-4
Kei Nishikori survived a right wrist injury scare to defeat 26th-seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in four sets.
Listen to Kei Nishikori’s press conference:
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4 7-6 7-6
Tsonga won in straight sets but had to work hard to get past Herbert. Jo only lost once against a fellow French player in a Grand Slam tournament, it was against Richard Gasquet at Wimbledon… in 2007.
He next faces Kei Nishikori for a place in the quarterfinals. The Japanese leads their head to head 4-2, but lost their last meeting, a 5-set thriller at last year’s French Open. Tsonga’s power vs Nishikori’s quickness, an exciting opposite of styles!
Check out my pictures of Nishikori’s win over Tsonga at Bercy in 2013.
Listen to Tsonga’s press conference:
Agnieszka Radwanska defeats Monica Puig 6-4 6-0
Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska made a quick work of Monica Puig, who was probably tired by her comeback win over Kristyna Pliskova in the previous round. Radwanska has been on a roll so far, do you think she will finally win her elusive first Grand Slam title here?
In the other matches of the day, Roger Federer defeated Grigor Dimitrov in 4 sets, 300th win at Grand Slam level. Maria Sharapova needed 3 sets to defeat Lauren Davis. 24th seed Roberto Bautista Agut beat 2014 US Open champion in straight sets.
Nick Kyrgios lost to Tomas Berdych in four sets, and had another argument with an umpire, it’s musicgate:
But the match of the day, and probably match of the tournament was Daria Gavrilova‘s marathon victory over Kiki Mladenovic 6-4 4-6 11-9 in front of a raucous crowd.
Photo credit: Andrew Robertson