World Markets

Tennis-Nishikori cruises into U.S. Open second round

Credit: REUTERS/USA TODAY USPW

Kei Nishikori became the first man to advance to the U.S. Open second round as the 2014 finalist beat qualifier Marco Trungelliti, who was forced to retire with the Japanese leading 6-1 4-1 on Monday.

By Rory Carroll

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Kei Nishikori became the first man to advance to the U.S. Open second round as the 2014 finalist beat qualifier Marco Trungelliti, who was forced to retire with the Japanese leading 6-1 4-1 on Monday.

Nishikori's serve clicked from the start and the seventh seed won 90% of his first-serve points while never facing a break point against the Argentine in 47 minutes on Grandstand.

The seventh seed said the abbreviated match was probably better for his body but not entirely to his liking.

"That's going to help me physically," he told reporters.

"But honestly I wanted to play a little more because I was feeling good on the court and I wanted to get a little more confidence and play more points. I think my rhythm was going."

Nishikori said the path to his first Grand Slam title would go through the "big three" of Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer, who are the tournament's top three seeds.

"I hope I can be the one to beat the top three but I feel like those three guys are still at a different level," he said, adding that he thought the long-awaited changing of the guard in men's tennis was brewing.

"I think a couple of guys are getting closer," he said, mentioning himself, Dominic Thiem, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov, Daniil Medvedev and Nick Kyrgios as players on the rise.

Next up for Nishikori is a second-round clash with Bradley Klahn on Wednesday after the American defeated Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-2 6-3 in the first round.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll, editing by Ed Osmond and Clare Fallon)

((Rory.Carroll@thomsonreuters.com; office 213-955-6754 cell 503-830-8017; Reuters Messaging: rory.carroll.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

Other Topics

US Markets

Latest World Markets Videos

    Reuters

    Reuters, the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, is the world’s largest international multimedia news provider reaching more than one billion people every day. Reuters provides trusted business, financial, national, and international news to professionals via Thomson Reuters desktops, the world's media organizations, and directly to consumers at Reuters.com and via Reuters TV.

    Learn More