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French Open: Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori advance; Nick Kyrgios crashes out

Stan Wawrinka dispatched Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 to advance into the third round of 2017 French Open. On the other hand, Kei Nishikori survived Jeremy Chardy’s late revival to reach the last 32 with a 6-3, 6-0, 7-6(5) victory on Thursday.

tennis Updated: Jun 01, 2017 22:26 IST
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Stan Wawrinka beat Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 to reach the third round of 2017 French Open.
Stan Wawrinka beat Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 to reach the third round of 2017 French Open. (Getty Images)

Third seed and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka reached the French Open last 32 on Thursday with a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.

Wawrinka will face either Fabio Fognini or Andreas Seppi, both from Italy, for a place in the fourth round.

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Nishikori survives injury scare

Kei Nishikori survived an injury scare and Jeremy Chardy’s late revival to advance into the third round with a 6-3 6-0 7-6(5) victory on Thursday.

The Japanese eighth seed had to call on the trainer to have his chest massaged early in the third set. Despite that setback, he dug in to ensure he did not have to stay on court longer than necessary, wrapping up the win with a backhand winner.

He will next take on South Korea’s Chung Hyeon.

Chardy won the first game on Nishikori’s serve but Nishikori immediately broke back and quickly found his stride.

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The Japanese, who reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals in 2015, bagged 12 consecutive games as he went from 3-3 in the first set to 3-0 in the third, when he had to take the injury time out.

He lost momentum upon resumption as Chardy broke twice to force a tiebreak.

However, once in the tiebreak Nishikori kept his wits and converted his first match point.

Kyrgios loses third round and temper

An angry Nick Kyrgios was knocked out of the French Open on Thursday, going down 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to South African Kevin Anderson in the third round.

The temperamental Australian destroyed two rackets, including one that he smashed six times onto a cooler, and was handed a penalty point at the end of the second set.

The 18th seed has never made it past the third round at the Paris grand slam.

Anderson next faces Britain’s Kyle Edmund.