Fifth seed Nishikori reaches third round at Indian Wells

Kei Nishikori (JPN) during his 2nd round match against Ryan Harrison (USA) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Nishikori won 6-4, 6-4.Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Kei Nishikori (JPN) all the way through his 2nd round in shape in opposition to Ryan Harrison (U.S.) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Nishikori gained 6-4, 6-4.Necessary Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-UNITED STATES LATELY Sports

(Reuters) – Japanese trailblazer Kei Nishikori recovered from an erratic begin to e-book his situation within the 1/3 spherical of the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-Four 6-4 victory over American Ryan Harrison on Saturday.

Seeded fifth for the elite ATP Masters One Thousand adventure, Nishikori broke his opponent five occasions whereas dropping his own serve on three occasions on a sizzling afternoon at the Indian Wells Tennis Backyard ahead of sealing the win in slightly below an hour and a half.

Nishikori, who was the primary Asian male to achieve a grand slam singles closing with a storming run at the U.S. Open closing yr, had overwhelmed Harrison in their only other meeting, in Memphis past this yr.

“It was a unique state of affairs (in Memphis), an indoor recreation,” the 25-yr-outdated Japanese, ranked fifth on this planet, stated courtside. “I knew it might be difficult TODAY, I knew he was once enjoying good.

“It was once a little up and down however I played Neatly within the second set. I broke him repeatedly and that was a key for the in shape.”

Nishikori, who misplaced to Marin Cilic in ultimate yr’s U.S. Open last sooner than ending a landmark season with four ATP World Tour titles, will subsequent play Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, who beat Australia’s James Duckworth 6-2 7-6.

In other fits, 10th-seeded Croatian Cilic, who has been stricken via a shoulder injury, was upset 6-4 6-Four through Argentine Juan Monaco whereas giant-serving South African Kevin Anderson beat Federico Delbonis of Argentina 7-5 6-4.

Later in the day, fourth-seeded Englishman Andy Murray used to be because of play Canadian Vasek Pospisil prior to Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic launches his bid for a fourth title at Indian Wells via taking up Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.

(Enhancing by Gene Cherry)

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