Thiem retires with injury at Australian Open - 1/17/2019 3:10:39 AM

Thiem retires with injury at Australian Open - 1/17/2019 3:10:39 AM

Thiem retires with injury at Australian Open - 1/17/2019 3:10:39 AM

Asia's top-ranked men's player needed an energy-sapping 3 hours 48 minutes to overcome the 211-centimeter Croat 6-3, 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (10-7) in humid conditions.

The match, which initially looked titled in Nishikori's favour, went till the final set.

Already up a set, Stan Wawrinka was just two points away from taking the second in his Australian Open match against Milos Raonic.

He might ponder subsequently missing a forehand volley - as well as failing to convert three straight break points at 4-4 in the fifth - and Nishikori grabbed a lead he would not relinquish by placing a fine second-serve backhand return down the line to prompt another volley miscue.

The Croatian's big serve continued to give Nishikori fits in the second set, with Karlovic sending down 16 aces, but he committed twice as many unforced errors as Nishikori won in a tiebreaker. "It's easy after to say 'I should have done this or that.' I am a little bit sad because I had those chances in the end and it could have went the other way but overall, I was really good out there". So I just need to recover well.

"I will try to carry on this confidence on for my next match".

"It was a tough match which could have gone both ways". He arrived at Melbourne Park past year having taken off the previous six months to rest his injured elbow and went on to lose in the fourth round, after which he underwent surgery. Karlovic saved a break point in game five to reach the tie break that he lost 8-6, trailing two sets to love but playing on the similar level with his rival and standing determined to fight until the very last point.

The 21-year-old German saw off the world number 67 in one hour 55 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to set up a second-round meeting with either Jeremy Chardy or Ugo Humbert, both of France. "Never easy. Kind of frustrating if you can't get the serve like three in a row". But Nishikori clinched final four points to win the match. He won 10 straight games after Grand Slam debutant Majchrzak, who was near-untouchable in the first two sets on Margaret Court Arena, was slowed by injuries to his right hand and left thigh in the third set, the ailments eventually forcing him to retire.

"But I think I focused well. (It was a) really tough match today".

Nishikori survived a scare from 176th-ranked Kamil Majchrzak in the 3-6, 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-2, 3-0 win.

In the third round, Osaka will face Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei, against whom she holds a 1-0 record.

Fourth seed Naomi Osaka swept past Tamara Zidansek 6-2, 6-4 to reach the third round as she targets a second Grand Slam title.

"I know that she's really great and she's been playing really well recently, so I hope that it's exciting", Osaka said of her third-round opponent.

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