Tennis: Nishikori advances to 3rd round at US Open

Nishikori reacts after defeating Bradley Klahn of the United States.
Nishikori reacts after defeating Bradley Klahn of the United States.PHOTO: AP

NEW YORK (AFP) - Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori advanced to the US Open third round on Wednesday (Aug 28) following a gritty 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over American Bradley Klahn.

Steady rain restricted play to the two main show courts to start the day at Flushing Meadows, where Nishikori, the 2014 runner-up, needed five match points to eventually oust 108th-ranked Klahn.

"I knew it was going to be a tough one because he has a great serve and he did today," said Nishikori, who blew a 5-1 cushion in the final set before getting across the finish line.

"A little bit of lost focus. After 5-1, I was serving for the match at 5-2 and he started playing better too. I'm happy to win of course, it was a good match and I'm looking forward to playing the next one."

Nishikori has reached the quarter-finals or better at the last five Grand Slam tournaments and will take on either Chilean 31st seed Cristian Garin or Australia's Alex de Minaur for a spot in the last 16.

"It's always fun to play here in New York. It's really fun on the court and I hope I can keep playing good tennis."