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Nishikori into French Open last 16 after walkover win

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Japan’s Kei Nishikori earned a walkover win over Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen to reach the last 16 of the French Open for the seventh time in his career.

Switzerland's Henri Laaksonen shakes hands with Japan's Kei Nishikori after retiring injured from their French Open third round match
Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen shakes hands with Japan’s Kei Nishikori after retiring injured from their French Open third round match on Friday. Picture: Christian Hartmann, Reuters

PARIS – Japan’s Kei Nishikori reached the French Open last 16 for the seventh time on Friday when Swiss opponent Henri Laaksonen retired with a leg injury in their third round clash.

Nishikori had taken the first set 7-5 when the Swiss qualifier quit.

The 31-year-old Nishikori had needed more than eight hours and two five-setters to get to the third round.

On Friday, however, he was on court for just under an hour as he goes on to meet either German sixth seed Alexander Zverev or Laslo Djere of Serbia for a place in the quarter-finals.

AFP