Melbourne - Japanese star Kei Nishikori
brushed aside German Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets to get his
Australian Open campaign off to a flying start in Melbourne on Monday.
The seventh seed reeled off a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
win in one hour 55 minutes on a baking Hisense Arena to overcome his first
obstacle at the year's opening Grand Slam tournament.
Nishikori, who has yet to get past the
quarter-finals in seven previous visits to Melbourne, broke the 34th-ranked
German's service four times and had no break points on his own serve.
The 2014 US Open finalist dominated the
exchanges with his dynamic all-court game, hitting 35 winners and just 21
Nishikori opened brightly and only dropped
one point in his first three service games.
He held set point on Kohlschreiber's serve
and took the opening set in 34 minutes when the German's forehand was long.
The Japanese star broke Kohlschreiber again
in the fourth game when he netted a forehand on the way to taking two sets to
Kohlschreiber double-faulted for another
service break early in the final set as Nishikori took charge.Results fromAustralian Open Grand Slam at Melbourne Park on Monday:
Federico Delbonis (ARG) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO x22) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 2-1 (retired)
Austin Krajicek (USA) bt Wu Di (CHN) 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
Kei Nishikori (JPN x7) bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
Mirza Basic (BIH) bt Robin Haase (NED) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-4
Daniel Brands (GER) bt Victor Estrella (DOM) 6-4, 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-1
Dominic Thiem (AUT x19) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 6-2, 7-6 (8/6), 4-6, 7-6 (7/0)
Damir Dzumhur (BIH) bt Kyle Edmund (GBR) 1-6, 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
David Goffin (BEL x15) bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-4, 7-5
Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) bt Sara Errani (ITA x17) 1-6, 7-5, 6-1
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) bt Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) bt Lourdes Dominguez (ESP) 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-1
Maria Sakkari (GRE) bt Wang Yafan (CHN) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Carla Suarez (ESP x10) bt Viktorija Golubic (SUI) 7-5, 6-4
Nicole Gibbs (USA) bt Klara Koukalova (CZE) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
Daria Gavrilova (AUS) bat Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 7-6 (7/3), 6-4
Petra Kvitova (CZE x6) bt Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 6-3, 6-1