The ninth racket of the world, Japanese Kei Nishikori, in five sets beat Croatian Ivo Karlovic, occupying the 73rd line of the ATP rating, with a score of 6/3, 7/6 (6), 5/7, 5/7, 7/6 (10 : 7) in the second round of the Australian Open.
The match lasted 3 hours and 48 minutes. During this time, 29-year-old Nishikori completed nine aces, twice made a mistake when serving and sold one break point, and 39-year-old Karlovic filed right through 59 times, made three double mistakes and made two breaks.
Previously, the score in personal meetings was 2: 2. The next opponent of Nishikori in Melbourne will be either the German Philipp Kohlschreiber or the Portuguese Joao Sousa.