Nishikori bounces top seed Cilic from Memphis

by: AP February 22, 2013

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.

More Stories

The most arresting player in tennis, Nadal is on a rediscovery quest

The Spaniard is working exceedingly hard to recover his old winning ways. 

Three to See, Miami Open: Kerber plays Venus, Sock takes on Nadal

Three of the six meetings between the German and the American have gone the distance. 

A look at Alexander Zverev’s finger-wagging run to the Miami quarters

The 19-year-old German knocked off top seed Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday.