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Barcelona Open: Daniil Medvedev topples Kei Nishikori in semi-final

Fourth seed Nishikori had reached the final of the Catalan clay-court event three times, winning in 2014 and 2015 but losing the 2016 final to Rafael Nadal.

tennis Updated: Apr 27, 2019 20:52 IST
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Russia's Daniil Medvedev reacts after winning a point against Japan's Kei Nishikori.(AFP)

Japan’s Kei Nishikori missed his chance to reach another final at the Barcelona Open as he lost 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 Saturday to Daniil Medvedev.

Fourth seed Nishikori had reached the final of the Catalan clay-court event three times, winning in 2014 and 2015 but losing the 2016 final to Rafael Nadal.

Asia’s top player won’t get the chance for revenge this year. The players exchanged breaks in the third set before the seventh seeded Russian Medvedev seized the first match point to break in the 12th game.

Medvedev will play on Sunday against the winner of the second semi-final between 11-time champion Nadal and third seed Dominic Thiem.

First Published: Apr 27, 2019 20:16 IST