US Open: Kei Nishikori Cruises Into Second Round

Updated: 26 August 2014 23:31 IST

Kei Nishikori needed more than two hours to dispatch the 176th-ranked Wayne Odesnik, a grinding baseliner who earned a wild card into the U.S. Open, his first appearance in five years, after serving a yearlong ban for getting caught with human growth hormone.

US Open: Kei Nishikori Cruises Into Second Round
Kei Nishikori of Japan celebrates after defeating Wayne Odesnik of the United States to win their men's singles first round match on Day Two of the 2014 US Open. © AFP

New York:

Tenth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan cruised to a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory over American Wayne Odesnik in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday, showing no apparent effects from a toe injury that hampered his preparations.

Still, Nishikori needed more than two hours to dispatch the 176th-ranked Odesnik, a grinding baseliner who earned a wild card into the U.S. Open, his first appearance in five years, after serving a yearlong ban for getting caught with human growth hormone.

The 24-year-old Nishikori, who has never made it past the fourth round in five previous U.S. Open appearances, suffered a severely infected right big toe in July, forcing him to miss tuneup events leading up Flushing Meadows.



Topics : Kei Nishikori US Open 2014 Tennis
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