A BAD START

Nadal re­cov­ers from bagel-set loss to beat Kohlschreiber

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MI­AMI

While Nadal played in the rel­a­tive com­fort of the late af­ter­noon, Kei Nishikori also took three sets and nearly three hours to ad­vance un­der a high noon sun, out­last­ing Spain’s Fer­nando Ver­dasco 7-6(2), 67(5), 6-1.

Nishikori, the run­ner-up to No­vak Djokovic last year, fired 37 win­ners but Ver­dasco, aided by per­sis­tent swirling winds, used his vary­ing pace and depth to rat­tle

Ja­pan’s No 1, in­duc­ing 48 un­forced er­rors.

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