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Kei Nishikori eases into Geneva Open quarterfinals

May 23, 2017 GMT
Japan tennis player Kei Nishikori, speaks during a press conference prior to the Geneva Open ATP 250 Tennis tournament, at the tennis club Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, May 21, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
Japan tennis player Kei Nishikori, speaks during a press conference prior to the Geneva Open ATP 250 Tennis tournament, at the tennis club Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, May 21, 2017. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

GENEVA (AP) — Second-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan eased into the Geneva Open quarterfinals, beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday.

Ranked No. 9, Nishikori took a wild card entry after a wrist injury affected his clay-court season and did not drop serve against the 88th-ranked Kukushkin.

Nishikori clinched the second-round match with a well-placed forehand from the baseline.

Also Tuesday, fifth-seeded Steve Johnson of the United States advanced to the second round, winning 6-3, 6-3 against Frenchman Stephane Robert.

Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, another wild card, beat ninth-seeded American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 7-6 (5) in a first-round match.

With a second-round match against top-seeded Stan Wawrinka as the prize, Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Wawrinka is the defending champion at his home tournament.