Kei Nishikori of Japan will advance to the next round of the Australian Open after beating Australian Marinko Matosevic. It took five sets and three hours 41 minutes for the 16th seed to defeat the 54th-ranked Matosevic with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6 and 6-2 score. He will go against Serbian player Dusan Lajovic in the next round.
Nishikori took the early lead after breaking Matosevic’s opening service and the first set, but Matosevic bounced back and won the second set. However, Matosevic received two time violations and a cut on a penalty point on the third set, giving the lead to Nishikori. Matosevic kept the pressure on the Japanese and forced him to play a fifth set, which Nishikori handled well and easily took control and advantage, emerging the victor after playing under the 40-degree heat.
Considered Asia’s most accomplished men’s tennis player, Nishikori was the first Japanese player in 75 years to move far in the Roland Garros when reached the fourth round in 2013 and achieving a Grand Slam result in Melbourne in 2012 when he reached the final eight. Under the coaching expertise of former French Open champion Michael Chang, Nishikori is aiming to reach the world’s top 10. Nishikori showed promise in the Kooyong Classic final in Melbourne last week, beating Czech Tomas Berdych who reached the finals in the Wimbledon Championships in 2010.
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