ATP Tour

Nishikori into Monte Carlo last 16

2018-04-18 13:31
Kei Nishikori (AFP)

Monte Carlo - Japan's Kei Nishikori continued his comeback from injury with an impressive 7-5, 6-2 win over Russian Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters third round. 

The former world number four, who has struggled over the last year with a right wrist injury, followed up his first-round victory against Tomas Berdych with a solid display on centre court. 

Nishikori will face either Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Andreas Seppi for a place in the quarter-finals. 

"The first set was a real battle, he was playing a little better than me I think at the beginning," said Nishikori, who is playing the tournament for the first time in six years. 

"I just tried to stay calm and not do anything too crazy and stay calm at the baseline." 

World number 49 Medvedev started strongly and broke for a 3-1 lead in the first set, but that was the cue for Nishikori to up his game and he broke straight back. 

Another break in game 11 gave the 28-year-old the opening set, and despite some late jitters on serve, he wrapped up victory after a one-sided second set on his third match point. 

Nishikori, now ranked 36, missed the end of last season through injury and only returned to action in a second-tier Challenger event in January.

Results from the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday (x denotes seeding):

Second round

Karen Khachanov (RUS) bt Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-2, 6-2

Kei Nishikori (JPN) bt Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x11) bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)


Read News24’s Comments Policy


When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.