Among the favorites to win the French Open this year is Kei Nishikori. The 25-year-old broke through a year ago winning in Barcelona then nearly stunning Rafael Nadal in the Madrid final before a back injury ended his title hopes.
Nishikori then did one better, dismissing Novak Djokovic on a blistering hot day to reach the finals of the the US Opens. And he’s continued to play well since, making the quarterfinals in Australia, backing up his Barcelona title and recently making the semifinals at Rome.
This week, the World No. 5 hasn’t lost a set in two wins over Paul-Henri Mathieu and today Geneva champion Thomaz Bellucci.
“I have a lot of confidence on clay right now,” Nishikori said. “So I hope I can do well here, because I haven’t done, you know, not the best result coming yet. But I’m feeling really well on these two matches and winning three straight sets against, you know, a tough player like Thomaz. Very happy to be going next round.
“My body is good. Mental is also good, so I’m very focused.”
Nishikori chances are good for him the return to the fourth round or much further. Nishikori will next get Benjamin Becker in the third round and then either Lukas Rosol or Gabashvili in the fourth.
The fifth seed could run into Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.
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