Japan's Kei Nishikori gestures after winning a game against South Africa's Kevin Anderson, during the quarter final round match of the Geneva Open tennis tournament, in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
GENEVA (AP) 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.
Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka also dropped the first set in his quarterfinal, against Sam Querrey of the United States, though ultimately had an easier passage in a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win.