Nishikori bounces top seed Cilic from Memphis

by: AP | February 22, 2013

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

MEMPHIS -- Top-seed Marin Cilic lost in straight sets to Kei Nishikori of Japan in the quarterfinals Friday of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships.

Nishikori's 6-2, 6-2 victory denied Cilic an opportunity to win back-to-back ATP World Tour titles. Cilic claimed his ninth career title two weeks ago in Zagreb, Croatia, and had won nine of 11 matches this year.

Cilic's loss left the tournament without any of its top four seeds in the semifinals. Second-seed Milos Raonic, third-seed John Isner and fourth-seed Sam Querrey were eliminated by the second round.

Nishikori, the fifth seed, reached his second semifinal of the year. He opened the year reaching the same round in Brisbane.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email

More Stories

Steve Flink: A journalist's journey into the Tennis Hall of Fame

The newest ITHOF member recalls a life lived in tennis, and an unforgettable induction.

Roger Federer vacations in Italy with family

The Wimbledon champion certainly deserved a few days off.

Seeking fourth Atlanta title in five seasons, Isner tops Pospisil

The American will next face Lukas Lacko, who defeated Donald Young.