Kei Nishikori will face Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals, despite suffering a three-set defeat to Marin Cilic.
The Japan number one was already assured of a spot in the knock-out stages in London before the match got underway after Andy Murray’s victory over Stanislas Wawrinka.
But Nishikori was unable to secure a second win of the tournament after Cilic ended a run of five successive defeats at the end-of-season competition to triumph 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
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Nishikori began the match like a rocket and his energy saw him secure an early break, which was sufficient to take the opening set 6-3.
However, the world number five eased off in the second set and Cilic made the most of that opening to break twice on his way to the second set.
Nishikori was unable to regain the momentum in the third set, despite throwing caution to the wind, with Cilic securing a break with a stunning back-hand and then breaking for a second time to secure the set.
The world number five will face Djokovic in the semi-finals tomorrow.