Nishikori bundles Bernard out
BRISBANE, AAP – Bernard Tomic has been eliminated from the quarterfinals of the Brisbane International by second seed Kei Nishikori.
Tomic struggled to content with Japan’s world No.5, who stormed to a 6-0 6-4 victory in just 58 minutes.
The US Open finalist set up a semifinal showdown with Tomic’s Brisbane doubles partner, Canadian third seed Milos Raonic, who earlier held out big-serving Australian Sam Groth 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(2).
World No.53 Tomic appeared to arrive at Brisbane fitter than ever following hip surgery that interrupted his last season.
And he had looked the goods on court, dismissing American Sam Querrey and putting Australian teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis in his place in the first two rounds.
However, the 2011 Wimbledon quarterfinalist ran out of legs against Nishikori, who came out swinging in front of a shellshocked Pat Rafter Arena crowd.
Nishikori smacked 15 winners to Tomic’s six as the Australian made six unforced errors in a whirlwind first set that lasted just 21 minutes.
Tomic tried to regroup in the second but Nishikori broke in the 10th game before serving out the match.
Nonetheless, Tomic has built some momentum returning from hip surgery last year, claiming a second career title in Bogota and a Stockholm semifinal berth in 2014 before his run at Brisbane this week.
Nishikori finished 2014 in the top 10 for the first time after a breakthrough year which featured his US Open final appearance.