Australian Open: Kei Nishikori overcomes Carlos Berlocq to reach third round

The Japanese star, who reached the quarter-finals of last year's Australian Open in the best ever Grand Slam performance by a Japanese man, had a battle in a 69-minute opening set.

updated: January 16, 2013 10:42 IST
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Melbourne: Japan's Kei Nishikori wore down Argentina's Carlos Berlocq to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The 16th seed surged home after being taken to a first set tiebreaker to oust the 68th-ranked Berlocq, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-1 in 2hr 18min.

Nishikori, flying the flag for the Asian men at the year-opening Grand Slam, dominated with his forehand and court speed as he reeled off 47 winners and six service breaks to take his place in the last 32.

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