Nishikori downs Tsonga to reach French Open third round

Japan’s Kei Nishikori in action during his second round match against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the French Open at Roland Garros, Paris, May 29, 2019. — Reuters pic
Japan’s Kei Nishikori in action during his second round match against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the French Open at Roland Garros, Paris, May 29, 2019. — Reuters pic

PARIS, May 29 — Japan’s Kei Nishikori overcame a sluggish start to see off local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 and reach the third round of the French Open today.

The seventh seed looked tight in the opening set before finding his range on Court Philippe-Chatrier, rallying back from a break down in the fourth to advance in solid fashion.

Nishikori will face Serbian 31st seed Laslo Djere for a place in the fourth round.

Another Frenchman, Richard Gasquet, was also sent packing as he slumped to a 6-2 3-6 6-3 6-4 defeat by Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero.

A Gasquet victory would have guaranteed a French presence in the fourth round after the 20-year-old Corentin Moutet, Londero’s next opponent, downed Argentine 19th seed Guido Pella. — Reuters