Kei Nishikori outlasts Ivo Karlovic in Australian Open epic

Kei Nishikori defeats Ivo Karlovic in thriller at Australian Open

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.

Nishikori will play either German Philipp Kohlschreiber or Portugal's Joao Sousa in the third round on Saturday.

After the match, Nishikori marveled at the 211-centimeter Karlovic's serve, pointing out that in one match the Croat racked up almost a year's worth of aces for him.

The second set was tighter as Osaka uncharacteristically struggled on serve, double faulting as Zidansek went up a break.

"Things don't just come together after you start working with someone one week or two weeks", Zverev said.

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.

"(I) try to take that into the grand slams and enjoy playing the best players. So I just need to recover well.

Reilly Opelka, who at 6-foot-11 is the tallest player in professional tennis history, and Ivo Karlovic, who is only an inch shorter, both went down in consecutive days here at the Australian Open - to a pair of under-6-foot opponents who hardly have what you'd consider golden arms.

She'll next play No. 27 Camila Giorgi, who beat Iga Swiatek 6-2, 6-0.

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"That is nearly how many aces I hit in one year", he laughed. "I was very proud of that moment", he said.

Nishikori missed the season's first Gram Slam a year ago when a right wrist injury suffered in August 2017 wiped out the start of his season.

Wawrinka, owner of a total of three Grand Slam titles, was two points away from taking the second set, held three set points in the third, and was two points away from forcing a fifth while ahead 5-4 in what would turn out to be the last tiebreaker. Two from 30-30 in the 10th game and then another four to close after breaking Nishikori's serve to close out the fourth set.

"But I think I focused well". "It was really tough".

"I had no idea how I won tonight", Halep told the crowd, adding she picked up a minor leg injury in the second set.

Milos Raonic kept holding off Stan Wawrinka, denying him opportunities to take the second, third and fourth sets en route to a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (11), 7-6 (5) victory that put the 16th-seeded Canadian into the third round at Melbourne Park for the eighth time in nine appearances.

She anticipated a tough test against Hsieh, who she defeated in their only previous meeting.

"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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