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Published Time: 27.05.2024 - 05:13:57 Modified Time: 27.05.2024 - 05:13:57

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The Montreal native jumped out to a quick lead and had a chance to close the first set on serve up 5-3 but was broken by Nishikori to extend the set. The veteran held his own serve and broke the 22-year-old for a second time before holding again to take the first set 7-5. Diallo committed 20 unforced errors in the set. 

The second set was more of the same for Diallo as he was again broken twice by Nishikori, with the crucial break coming while the two were tired at five games apiece. Diallo bounced back and was able to get a break of his own to force a tiebreaker. However, the Canadian could not maintain his momentum, losing the tiebreaker 7-3 to drop the second set 7-6.

Diallo won the first Grand Slam set of his career in the third, 6-3, thanks to a dominant serving game that saw him drill three aces and win 80 per cent of his first serve points. He continued his strong play in the fourth set, winning 57 per cent of his return points, breaking Nishikori twice, for a  6-1 win.

Following the fourth set, Nishikori took a medical timeout and appeared to be labouring with a leg injury.