Kei Nishikori beats Karen Khachanov; secures place in 3rd round of French Open


In the French Open tennis, Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori fought back in a marathon four-hour match to beat Russian 23rd seed Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and secure a place in the third round.

Laaksonen, the world No. 150, held his nerve to defeat 11th seed, Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours, 21 minutes.

World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece breezed into the third round following a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Spaniard Pedro Martinez. He will take on American world No. 34 John Isner in the third round after the latter eased past Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 7-6 (6), 6-1, 7-6 (5).

Sixth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany defeated Russian qualifier Roman Safiullin 7-6 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (1) to secure a spot in the third round. World No. 6 Zverev took 60 minutes to win the nerve-wracking opening set against Safiullin. Zverev will next play Serbian Laslo Djere, who defeated compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

In the women’s section, Russian world No. 37 Daria Kasatkina upset Swiss world No. 11 Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-2 in the second round. Daria will meet Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, who overcame world No. 97 Martina Trevisan of Italy 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

World No. 16 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus secured a spot in the third round of the French Open for the first time since 2015, with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Clara Tauson, a fast-emerging teenager from Denmark. Victoria will face world No. 24 Madison Keys in the third round. Madison defeated Leylah Fernandez of Canada, 6-1, 7-5. Australian world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty survived a scare before overcoming 70th ranked Bernarda Pera of the US 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the first round.

Czech Republic’s former world No. 2, Petra Kvitova, gave a walkover to Russia’s Elena Vesnina before the second-round match due to an ankle injury while Ekaterina Alexandrova, the world No. 32 from Russia, got the better of seven-time Grand Slam title winner and former finalist, Venus Williams, 6-3, 6-1 in the opening round.
Venus, the 2002 finalist, was competing in her 24th French Open.