With day two now well under way, Rio 2016 is getting into full swing and Olympic champions are being crowned on a vast scale.
While the drama and excitement of the athletics programme is still yet to commence, the inaugural tennis fixtures are already nearing completion.
However, its taken just one round for Japan’s Kei Nishikori to attract attention via his victory over Albert Ramos-Vinolas. That being said, it’s fair to say the 2014 US Open finalist took the win in unorthodox fashion at times.
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Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray may prove the favourites for the men’s singles title, but Nishikori undoubtedly proves a dark horse.
The 26-year-old is currently ranked sixth in the world and graced a Grand Slam final just two-years ago. Besides, with a career record of 276 wins to 131 losses, the Japanese star is no pushover.
Consequently, Nishikori proves one of Japan’s biggest medal hopes and is poised for a bronze medal at least.
Almost everything went to plan for the Matsue-born player in his first round clash. A 6-2 6-4 victory over Spain’s Ramos-Vinolas didn’t see Nishikori pushed too far out of his comfort zone.
Nonetheless, the Japanese medal hopeful had to contend with a bizarre incident in the second set. Nishikori won the first point of the second game against the odds having accidentally dropped his racquet during the serve.
The 26-year-old picked up his racquet in time to return the second serve and eventually, and rather incredibly, won the point.
The video of Nishikori’s heroics can be seen below:
Ramos-Vinolas must have anticipated an easy point upon seeing the mishap, but was mistaken. A shot close to the net saw the game turn 15-0 in Nishikori’s favour.
Regardless of whether the Japanese favourite takes gold in Rio, he can at least be buoyed by the fact he’s created one memorable moment. It certainly brought a whole new meaning to an unforced error, but he recovered nonetheless.
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