Kyr­gios, Mon­fils ad­vance to 2nd round at Ja­pan Open

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

With tem­per­a­tures soar­ing, Nick Kyr­gios made sure an in­jured fan at the Ja­pan Open had plenty of water.

The sixth-seeded Aus­tralian ad­vanced to the sec­ond round by beat­ing Amer­i­can qual­i­fier Ryan Harrison 7-5, 6-2, but the match was sus­pended for about 10 min­utes in the first set af­ter a fan fell on some steps in the stands.

Kyr­gios, of­ten crit­i­cized for his volatile be­hav­ior, sent some water up to the in­jured spec­ta­tor while tem­per­a­tures rose to 31 de­grees Cel­sius (88 de­grees Fahren­heit) at the start of the sec­ond set.

Kyr­gios will next face Czech veteran Radek Stepanek, who beat Stephane Robert 6-2, 6-1.

"He's a good friend of mine, we get along well. He's go­ing up in age but he's learn­ing to adapt," Kyr­gios said of Stepanek. "His level is still high and he can still do dam­age, es­pe­cially on a sur­face like this."

Sec­ond-seeded Gael Mon­fils also ad­vanced, de­feat­ing Ja­panese wild-card en­try Yuichi Sugita 6-3, 6-1.

The French­man had six aces, and dropped only nine points on serve. Mon­fils will next face Davis Cup team­mate Gilles Si­mon, who beat Philipp Kohlschreiber of Ger­many 7-5, 4-6, 6-0.

"Si­mon's a tough player for me. He asks you to have a great game plan to play against him," Mon­fils said. "In the past I've tried to search for a so­lu­tion. I'm go­ing to have work on a game plan, and work on some­thing dif­fer­ent to de­feat him a sec­ond time."

Fifth-seeded David Gof­fin de­feated an­other Ja­panese wild­card, Yoshi­hito Nish­ioka, and will next face Jiri Ve­sely. Gof­fin won 7-5, 6-2, while Ve­sely de­feated Kevin An­der­son 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Sev­enth-seeded Ivo Karlovic beat Fed­erico Del­bo­nis 7-6 (6), 67 (6), 7-6 (5).

Feli­ciano Lopez was the only loser among the seeded play­ers, re­tir­ing be­cause of ill­ness when trail­ing James Duck­worth 4-2 in the third set. The eighth-seeded Spa­niard won the first set 7-6 (5), but Duck­worth took the sec­ond 7-6 (4).

Duck­worth will next face Juan Monaco of Ar­gentina.

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