Bronze set match between Yoshihito Nishioka and Karen Khachanov

Yoshihito Nishioka was part of a bronze match on Sunday, but it wasn’t for a medal and it’s not something he wants to be remembered for.

In the second set against Karen Khachanov at the Australian Open, the Japanese managed to get just two points in six games.

In the world of tennis it is known as the “Bronze Set”.

Khachanov stormed into his first quarterfinal in the devastating straight set win over Nishioka.

The world No. 20 won the first 14 games of the game and seemed destined to embarrass Nishioka with a triple bagel win – if one player wins 6-0 6-0 6-0 – but the Japanese 33rd seed bounced back against the Russian Firepower in the third set, losing in the tiebreak.

“In the first two sets I didn’t know what was going on,” said Khachanov. “You go with the score, shall we say, too lightly. Then Yoshi turned it around, the crowd pumped and I tried to stay focused from start to finish.”

While he eluded the triple bagel, Khachanov dropped just two points in the second set.

Nishioka won just 13 points against Khachanov’s 51 in the opening two sets before the Japanese was able to make it a contest in the third. Bronze set match between Yoshihito Nishioka and Karen Khachanov

Ryan Sederquist

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