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Nishikori defeats Sousa to reach last 16 in Australian Open

19 January 2019 16:14 744

MELBOURNE. KAZINFORM Japan's Kei Nishikori defeated Portugal's Joao Sousa in straight sets on Saturday to book his place in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The number 8 seed overcame a tight start and routed his opponent 7-6(6) 6-1 6-2 in two hours and six minutes, EFE reports.

"I love to play on this court. I feel very comfortable, and it's been three in a row playing here," said Nishikori after the match.

"Everything is doing well - I had a very good off-season, then winning Brisbane, it's been a good start to the year. I finished in three good sets today, I'm playing good tennis, and very much looking forward to next week," he added.

Nishikori coughed up a break in the opening game, but recovered to level up at 2-2.

Sousa saved a virtual set point to hold for 5-6 before Nishikori sent the opener into a tiebreak.

The former U.S. Open finalist will now play against Fabio Fognini or Pablo Carreno Busta in the last 16.

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