I wasn't too surprised that Nishikori beat Tsonga because he beat him in three in Shanghai last year, and then went on to beat an admittedly out-of-form Djokovic in Basel. Andy really should win this fairly easily (
) as Nishikori not only had a five-setter but he plays doubles today, and he has an ankle injury which he picked up in the Tsonga match. However, I hope Nishikori does turn in a decent performance as I feel Andy needs to be tested a bit more after the Kukushkin non-event to ginger him up again.
Incidentally, maybe some of you know this anyway, but Nishikori parted company with Brad Gilbert after Wimbledon, although they "still keep in touch". The contract was supposed to be until the end of 2011. Certainly Nishikori's results pre-Wimbledon were poor but improved greatly after the USO ...
That's interesting, just goes to show that a great coach can be for some but not others. As on court the match up is crucial. It's why Andy would have been wrong to go back to Gilbert, probably.
Andy is now close to the final stages of the tournament, he must raise his game again and make an example of Nishikori & send a message to the others. There's no reason to waste energy and extend this match beyond 3 quick sets. He doesn't need preparation for Novak other than that.