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Nishikori Beats The Heat, Sets Young Clash

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Nishikori Melbourne 2014© Getty ImagesKei Nishikori advanced to the third round at the 2014 Australian Open.

No. 16 seed Kei Nishikori advanced to the third round at the 2014 Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-1, 7-6(3) win over Dusan Lajovic on Thursday, one of the few men's matches completed before the extreme heat policy went into effect.

The Japanese No. 1 made 64 per cent of his first serves and won 83 per cent of points on his first serve against his Serbian opponent.

"In the first and second sets I was playing really aggressive, with big forehands, and good serving," said Nishikori. "I'm very happy to finish the tiebreak strongly. It was good match."

Nishikori goes on to face American Donald Young, who edged Andreas Seppi 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. With the pair level at two-sets all, the match was suspended for more than five hours as the Extreme Heat Policy was implemented. Young was broken to love when serving for the match at 5-4, but did not falter at the second time of asking.

"It was getting really hot and it was tough for both of us," said Young, who is through to the third round of a major for the first time since the 2011 US Open. "I was losing a little of my bearings, so it was actually good [to come off court]."

Looking ahead to the Nishikori clash, Young said, "We played early in our careers and lately, last time we played, he beat me. He's definitely been playing really well lately. He's shot up there a lot faster and higher than I have. It'll be a good match. It's good to play guys you grew up playing juniors with. It's going to be a tough match for me, but I'm looking forward to playing him.”

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