Published On: Fri, Oct 12th, 2018

Roger Federer: Sky Sports pundit makes worrying claim after Kei Nishikori win in Shanghai


Federer, 37, wrapped up his quickest win of the tournament by beating Nishikori 6-4, 7-6(4).

However, the Swiss star apparently began to look fatigued during the latter stages of the match.

The claim will cause concern for Federer fans as he burnt out in the US Open when he was dumped out by John Millman in the fourth round.

But there is some respite in that the world No 2 was able to find an extra gear when the going was tough to secure a tiebreak win and lighten the burden of an extra set.

“There we so many twists in that second set and definitely [Nishikori] started to dictate the play a lot more,” Croft told Sky Sports.

“He was getting on top of Roger Federer and we did sense there was a little bit of tiring perhaps.

“It was as if Federer was just reaching at a couple more balls but it was incredible how he continues to play the right way.

“The minute Nishikori comes off the ball in the tiebreak then Federer is quick to stop on it.”

Federer started incredibly well against his Japanese opponent by breaking in two of the first four service games.

And by shooting out of the blocks he entertained the masses who turned out to watch on Centre Court.

“It was exhilarating and his level was so extraordinary high. Who ever had a ticket for that live in the stadium really was treated,” Croft added.

“You understand why Roger Federer commands such a presence and commands audiences around the globe.

“It was just breathtaking tennis and really challenged by Nishikori who tried to change things around, the momentum was changing and he tried to get on the front foot.

“I honestly thought we was going to go to a final set there but Federer finds a way to get through matches like that.”

However, Croft does believes Nishikori could have done more to cause an upset.

“Nishikori just doesn’t have that ability to put down the hammer blow and come up with that free points on the serve,” she said.

“That kind of things hurt him over the course of the match.”



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