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Having lost their first set on a tie break, number six seeds Federer and Wawrinka, confusingly dressed identically to their opponents in red tops and white shorts, had a better start in the second, immediately breaking Nishikori's serve.
When last you saw a doubles match in which all 4 players were wearing the same colored shirt & shorts?
The Japanese fought on with a flurry of lightening-quick action at the net, but threw away an opportunity to break back and the Swiss pair held their ground to force a decider.
Breaking Nishikori again to take the lead in the third, Federer and Wawrinka seemed to be heading for victory before the light faded completely.
Federer, who earlier made light work of his second round singles clash against France's Julien Benneteau, was serving for the match at 5-4 and twice the shivering crowd, one of whom shouted "Come on, I'm freezing" to a ripple of laughter, erupted in cheers thinking he had wrapped up the win with an ace, only to discover the serve had been called out.
The Swiss, however, moved to match point when Nishikori ploughed the ball into the net, prompting a mighty roar from the crowd and a fist pump from Federer before Nishikori blasted a shot long as a purpley pink hue spread across the sky to give the Swiss the win.
"They hung tough and it was exciting at the end - a shot here, a serve there, makes all the difference," said Federer.