EM – Nishikori reaches the second round of the Indian Wells Masters


Kei Nishikori faced a first-round defeat at the Indian Wells Masters, but the former world number four recovered after a set to beat João Sousa in California 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 .

Nishikori struggled to keep his Portuguese opponent in check as he lost the first set and immediately fell behind a break in the second.

However, the Japanese regained his composure and won his opening game for the seventh time at the Indian Wells Masters.

The 31-year-old is in a difficult phase of the draw and will next play against Dan Evans, who was ranked 18th.

Won in their last encounter at the 2020 French Open Nishikori a duel with five sets that lasted almost four hours.

The American qualifier Maxime Cressy passed the Serbian Laslo Djere with 6-7, 6-1, 7-5 in front of his home crowd.

Cressy is in the second round in front of a great Hera challenge when he takes on the eleventh seeded Diego Schwartzman from Argentina.

Alison Riske met defending champion Bianca Andreescu from Canada after her 6: 2, 6: 2 win over Taiwanese qualifier Liang En-Shuo.

Amanda Anisimova and Lauren Davis also booked their places for the second round with dominant wins in straight sets.

The semi-finalist of the 2019 French Open won 90 percent of her first serve points and had none against the 17-year-old wildcard Breakpoint.

In the second round, Anisimova faces the Italian Camila Giorgi, who won the Canada Masters in August.

The win brings Davis a draw with the 22nd seed and next the San Jose Champion Danielle Collins from the United States entered.

The Belgian – four-time Grand Slam winner on the Comeback Trail – was defeated by Czech Kateřina Siniaková 6: 1, 2: 6, 6: 2.

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