Tokyo - Controversial
Australian Nick Kyrgios stormed into the second round of the Japan Open
on Tuesday, the bete noire of men's tennis overpowering American Ryan
Harrison 7-5, 6-2.
A thumping backhand that nibbled the edge of the line secured the
crucial break for Kyrgios at the business end of the first set before
the sixth seed powered through the second with the minimum of fuss.
"I definitely served well," Kyrgios told reporters after setting up a
clash with Czech veteran Radek Stepanek. "I guess it gets me out of a
bit of trouble when I'm not feeling so great or I'm not into it that
Second seed Gael Monfils took even less time to advance, the
Frenchman pummelling Japan's Yuichi Sugita 6-3, 6-1 but Croatian giant
Ivo Karlovic, seeded seventh, struggled to overcome Argentina's Federico
del Bonis 7-6, 6-7, 7-6.
Gilles Simon was another French winner, beating Germany's Philipp
Kohlschreiber 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 while fifth-seeded Belgian David Goffin saw
off Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka 7-5, 6-2.
In other matches, Czech Jiri Vesely ousted South Africa's Kevin
Anderson in a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 victory as Argentine Juan Monaco beat Taylor
Fritz of the United States in two tiebreak sets.
Eight seed Feliciano Lopez retired with injury as the Spaniard
trailed Australia's James Duckworth 6-7, 7-6, 4-2 but Cypriot Marcos
Baghdatis safely negotiated his first hurdle by beating Spain's Marcel
Granollers 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Japan's Kei Nishikori is favourite to win his third Japan Open title
after US Open champion and Tokyo title holder Stan Wawrinka pulled out
of the tournament with back trouble.
Results of first-round matches at the Japan Open men's tournament in Tokyo on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):
Jiri Vesely (CZE) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
David Goffin (BEL x5) bt Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) 7-5, 6-2
Juan Monaco (ARG) bt Taylor Fritz (USA) 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/5)
James Duckworth (AUS) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP x8) 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 4-2 retired
Nick Kyrgios (AUS x6) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 7-5, 6-2
Radek Stepanek (CZE) bt Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-2, 6-1
Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Ivo Karlovic (CRO x7) bt Federico Del Bonis (ARG) 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/5)
Gilles Simon (FRA) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 7-5, 4-6, 6-0
Gael Monfils (FRA x2) bt Yuichi Sugita (JPN) 6-3, 6-1