Nishikori Snaps Streak, Beats Felix In Rotterdam
Murray faces Haase during night session
Nishikori won the final three points of the tie-break, which ended with Auger-Aliassime slicing a backhand wide to finish the 67-minute opener. The 19-year-old Auger-Aliassime received on-court treatment after the first game of the second set, which saw Nishikori win 25 of 34 points.
"It was a very tight game, he was serving great especially in the first set and he won a lot on first serve," said Nishikori. "I played solidly in the tie-break and served well on the last couple of points. It was easier in the second set, with his injury, but I was more comfortable and striking the ball better."
Nishikori, who is currently No. 45 in the FedEx ATP Rankings, reached the 2019 semi-finals at the Rotterdam Ahoy. He is now 3-7 since returning from injury and illness in September last year.
Marton Fucsovics won a late-night battle against big-serving Reilly Opelka 7-6(2), 6-7(4), 7-6(4) after two hours and 51 minutes. The Hungarian withstood 17 aces from his opponent and hit a critical forehand return winner at 4/4 in the deciding-set tie-break.
Earlier in the day, qualifier Cameron Norrie won the first seven games of his 6-0, 6-3 victory over Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, who led 3-1 in the second set. The Briton will next play Swiss eighth seed and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka or Karen Khachanov of Russia.