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Nishikori saves three match points in Geneva Open QF win

The Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2017 - Day Five

ROME, ITALY - MAY 18: Kei Nishikori of Japan in action during the men’s third round match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on Day Five of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2017 at the Foro Italico on May 18, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

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GENEVA -- Kei Nishikori saved three straight match points in the deciding set before outlasting Kevin Anderson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the Geneva Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

The second-seeded Nishikori was serving at 4-5, 0-40 before rallying to beat the 62nd-ranked South African, who fired 14 aces without allowing any by his opponent.

Nishikori also trailed in the tiebreaker before creating a second match-point chance with a forehand crosscourt service return for a winner. He clinched with a forehand winner off a looping net-cord ball.

The No. 9-ranked Japanese player will face 33rd-ranked Mischa Zverev of Germany in the semifinals on Friday.

The Russian-born Zverev, who came through qualifying, beat fifth-seeded Steve Johnson of the United States 6-4, 7-5.