Ja­pan’s Nishikori lands mile­stone win in Paris

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Ja­panese fifth seed Kei Nishikori claimed his 300th ca­reer win yes­ter­day, beat­ing Ser­bia’s Vik­tor Troicki 6-2, 7-5 to reach the last 16 of the Paris Mas­ters. Nishikori, who is set to make his third ap­pear­ance at the end-of-sea­son Tour fi­nals this month, reeled off five games in suc­ces­sion to take the open­ing set. The for­mer US Open fi­nal­ist twice dropped serve early in the se­cond set but earned a cru­cial break at five-all to set up a po­ten­tial show­down with home favourite Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga in the next round. “I’m not think­ing, you know, about 500 or 1000 wins,” said Nishikori, who missed out on the mile­stone Sun­day after he lost to Marin Cilic in the Basel fi­nal. “I think this year has been pretty good. I have been win­ning a lot of matches and play­ing a lot of tour­na­ments. “Ev­ery year I feel like I’m get­ting strong so I’m happy with my per­for­mance right now.” Nishikori, 26, also fin­ished run­ner-up to No­vak Djokovic at both the Miami Mas­ters and Toronto Mas­ters ear­lier this year. Bel­gium’s David Gof­fin re­mained in con­tention for a Lon­don berth after he de­feated French­man Ni­co­las Mahut 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 in round two. —AFP

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