Nishikori Passes Harrison Test
Kei Nishikori reached the second round at Wimbledon for the seventh time, beating American Christian Harrison 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 on Tuesday.
The Japanese No. 1, who has reached the Round of 16 on two occasions (2014, 2016), won 70 per cent of net points to improve to 14-8 at the grass-court Grand Slam championship. Nishikori is now just two wins away from recording his 350th tour-level victory (348-164).
World No. 198 Harrison, who was bidding to become the lowest-ranked player to defeat Nishikori at a Grand Slam, was making his Wimbledon debut after a successful qualifying campaign. Prior to qualifying, the 24-year-old had won just two grass-court matches at any level.
Nishikori will face 2011 quarter-finalist Bernard Tomic in the second round. Tomic defeated Poland's Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(2) in one hour and 49 minutes. Nishikori and Tomic, who also owns a 14-8 record at SW19, are tied at 2-2 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
Did You Know?
Christian Harrison, alongside brother Ryan Harrison, are the 17th different pair of brothers in the Open Era to contest the Gentlemen’s Singles draw in the same year at Wimbledon. John McEnroe and Patrick McEnroe were the last American brothers to compete in the same draw in 1992.