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Wimbledon 2017: Kei Nishikori, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga breeze into Round 2

Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open finalist ,beat Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 to advance into Wimbledon 2017 second round. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also started the tournament with a magnificent 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over British wildcard Cameron Norrie.

tennis Updated: Jul 03, 2017 20:59 IST
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Kei Nishikori beat Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 to advance into Wimbledon 2017 second round. (Twitter )

Kei Nishikori, the Japanese ninth seed, cruised through to the second round at Wimbledon in straight sets on Monday.

The 2014 US Open finalist beat Italy’s Marco Cecchinato 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 in just 72 minutes at the All England Club.

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Nishikori will play either France’s Julien Benneteau or Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky in the last 64.

Tsonga thrashes Norrie

Twice Wimbledon semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga breezed into the second round on Monday with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over British wildcard Cameron Norrie, whose first grand slam appearance ended in a swift and painful exit.

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Tsonga, the 12th seed, was dumped out in the second round last year but was never forced out of second gear as he swatted Norrie aside on Court Two.

The Frenchman began in his usual languid fashion before cranking up the pressure to break twice and take the first set against the South African-born Norrie, who has only recorded one tour-level victory.

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While Norrie had weapons, principally a decent serve and a whip-crack forehand, they were all too often firing off target, allowing Tsonga to move through the gears at key moments.

The match became increasingly one-sided in the second set as Norrie double-faulted to hand Tsonga a break in the sixth game before tamely netting a backhand to fall two sets behind.

Tsonga broke twice again in the third set to wrap up victory in one hour and 23 minutes.

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 19:25 IST