Kei Nishikori reaches the fourth round of the Australian Open with a straightforward victory over Evgeny Donskoy.
Kei Nishikori has secured his passage into the fourth round of the Australian Open courtesy of a comprehensive 6(3)-7 2-6 3-6 victory over Evgeny Donskoy.
It was a very competitive opening set, keenly contested by both players and without a break of serve.
Nishikori prevailed on the tie breaker 7-3 to take a first-set lead.
It took just 32 minutes for the Japanese player to double his lead as he cruised to a 6-2 victory in the second set.
The Russian quickly fell 3-0 behind in the third set, but managed to get back on serve at 3-3 as Nishikori thought that the match was won.
However, the 16th seed strung together three games in a row to book a clash with either David Ferrer or Marcos Baghdatis.
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