MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Kei Nishikori stormed into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday with a 6-4 7-6(1) 6-2 demolition of hard-hitting Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.
The fifth seeded Japanese, rated a strong contender to capture his maiden grand slam this year after a breakout 2014, broke Almagro six times and sealed the match with a big serve in just over two hours.
The U.S. Open finalist’s victory avenged his loss to the Spaniard in the quarter-finals of his home tournament in Tokyo in 2013.
Nishikori will play the winner of Brazil’s Joao Souza and Croatian Ivan Dodig.
Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford