Crucial points and full summary of Nishioka vs Giron
The first set came and went, with a tiebreak being the only thing separating Nishioka and Giron. In the second set, however, things were different. In the first decisive phase of play, a wide ball from Giron allowed Nishioka to hold for a 4-3 lead. Following shortly after this, yet another ball was wide wide off the return, this time on Nishioka’s serve. Following this, Nishioka’s return went into the right corner of Giron for a 30-0 lead. In the next service game, an inside out forehand was lobbed up back into the court by Nishioka- but still went out, lending Giron a 15-0 lead. Despite all the work from Giron, Nishioka managed to hold on to the earlier break and clinched this set 6 games to 4.
We were now going into at third and deciding set, where a double fault from Giron in his opening service game gave some room for Nishioka when he was serving at 40-15. However, danger was averted and he held. A smash by Giron following this got him the first point of the second game on Nishioka’s serve at 15-0. In the next exchange, a curling slice backhand return went wide from Nishioka after a rally, ensuring the score line was 15 apiece. A few points later, an overhead lob went just out from Giron! Nishioka was now up 40-15 . Following on from this there was a wide return off a fairly routine short rally, courtesy of an inside out forehand from Giron. Game Nishioka!
In the next important stanza, Giron didn’t managed to clear the net on a return on his own serve. Nishioka got the ball back 4 or 5 times several times like a golden retriever- and it took a tap in from Giron to finally end the point! After this, in the next crucial phase, Nishioka decided to end the point with a soft touch at the net with the ball dropping over- which gave him a break point on Giron’s serve. Nishioka then proceeded to blow his break point opportunity off a short return!. That point looked over when Giron hit a forehand up the line with Nishioka on the other side of the court- but Nishioka retrieved it and a smash up the line. That was what was needed to finish the job from Giron. Giron then cut the angle cross court and bridged the gap to 40-30 in this game.
In the next important stanza, a slam from Giron brought the game back to deuce. Giron then cut the angle and went cross court up the line. Break point Giron! An errant moonball from Nishioka that looked to being going wide ended up doing the opposite- and it was Giron who made the error and didn’t clear the net! Nishioka them went wide of the backhand return and Giron broke Nishioka at 2-1. In the next game, it was Giron who went wide off his backhand return on his left side. 30-15 Nishioka. Nishioka then pulled the trigger and hit a cross-court forehand up the line for 40-15 and a break point for Nishioka at 3-1. However, that was where all the fight ended, and the game was held by Giron, who raced away to a 4-1 hold. Nishioka was deflated with the lost opportunity to break at 3-1, and couldn’t hold his serve. That led to a 5-1 lead and at that point it was Giron serving for match, which he won with a final set score line of 6-1.