Kei Nishikori downs Milos Raonic, forces fifth match in Davis Cup tie

Kei Nishikori downs Milos Raonic, forces fifth match in Davis Cup tie

Team Japan’s Kei Nishikori plays Team Canada’s Milos Raonic during first-round Davis Cup action at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC on Sunday March 8, 2015. Nishikori won the match.

Photograph by: Ric Ernst , PNG

VANCOUVER — Kei Nishikori defeated Milos Raonic in five sets on Sunday as Japan forced a fifth and deciding match against Canada in Davis Cup action.

Nishikori, ranked No. 4 in the world, won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in three hours four minutes.

The best-of-five World Group first-round tie will be decided later in the day when Canada’s Vasek Pospisil takes on Japan’s Go Soeda with a spot in the quarter-finals on the line.

The turning point came with the fifth set tied 4-4 when Raonic double faulted to hand the point to Nishikori.

Nishikori then clinched the match when Raonic, who is ranked sixth in the world, couldn’t stretch far enough on a return.

Canada began the day up 2-1 in the best-of-five tie after Raonic and Nishikori easily won in singles on Friday before Pospisil and Toronto’s Daniel Nestor took Saturday’s doubles match in five sets.



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