Kei Nishikori says something went terribly wrong during his straight-sets defeat to Kevin Anderson at the ATP Tour Finals on Tuesday. After defeating Roger Federer in his opening game in Group Lleyton Hewitt, Nishikori returned to the O2 Arena in high spirits and was expected to provide a huge challenge for big-serving Anderson.
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However, the South African, who also won his first match against Dominic Thiem, produced an utterly dominant performance to record a 6-0 6-1 victory and all but secure his place in the next round.
The defeat for Nishikori – which equalled his heaviest loss on tour since 2008 against Robin Soderling – was a huge shock to his system and he was at a loss to explain what went wrong after the match. “I played one of the worst matches this year.
Today was a terrible match,” he told BBC TV. “I don’t even know why I didn’t play well. I was lost a little bit. I just didn’t feel the ball. “He played well, but something was wrong. I’ve got to fix it and try to be positive for next one.”