Olympics: Nishikori Battles Past Davydenko in the Second Round

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In a tightly contested battle between the wily veteran Nikolay Davydenko of Russia against the up-and-coming Japanese no. 1 Kei Nishikori, the two seem evenly matched from the start.  The pair raced to a score of 4-4 in the first set before rain delayed the match.  After the skies over SW19 cleared, it was Davydenko who got the upper hand, taking the set 6-4.  In the second set, the tables turned with Nishikori stepping up forcing play on Davydenko’s serve.  Despite hitting 11 winners, the 22-year-old from Japan was able to create 5 break point opportunities, and converted successfully on one of them.  That was enough to take the second set 6-4.

Even at one set apiece, things began to crumble for the Russian in the third set.  The former world no. 3’s winners were replaced with unforced errors, and a calmer Nishikori was able to break his opponent’s serve three times to capture the third and win the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Japan’s Nishikori displayed impressive resolve despite losing the first set.  His third round opponent is yet to be determined, it will take an incredible upset for fourth seed David Ferrer to fall in his second round match and Nishikori will have to play more consistently in order to compete with the top-seeded Spaniard.

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