Nishikori rallies to reach third round of Madrid Open

first_imgNishikori took three match points in the next game before he eventually sealed his second win in as many matchups over the 24-year-old Argentine with a backhand down the line.“At the beginning I rushed things and wasn’t used to the (clay) court but I started to play well from the second set,” said Nishikori, who had 42 winners to Schwarzman’s 19.“My wrist isn’t so bad, I didn’t have pain during the match. I don’t know how much I’ll have after this today so I’ll see how it goes but I put in a good display today and hope to continue so.”Nishikori will next face David Ferrer, whose second-round opponent, 10th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, withdrew ahead of their match due to a right shoulder injury. Kei Nishikori hits a return against Diego Schwartzman during the second round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday. Nishikori won 1-6, 6-0, 6-4. | AFP-JIJI IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS Kei Nishikori, Madrid Open, Diego Schwartzman center_img KEYWORDS MADRID – World No. 8 Kei Nishikori defeated 40th-ranked Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 1-6, 6-0, 6-4 to reach the third round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday.Back after a month and a half out with a right wrist injury, the 27-year-old Japanese gave up the first set easily but roared back to take the second. The pair traded a break in the final set before Nishikori broke again to lead 5-3 with a well-placed forehand, but he wasted four match points in the next game as Schwartzman hung in. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img


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