It took two days but Kei Nishikori eventually moved into the second round at Roland Garros by trouncing Italian veteran Simone Bolelli 6-1, 7-5, 6-3.
The two players started this match on Sunday however poor weather forced them to finish it on Monday. Nishikori will be frustrated by the delays as he dominated the entire match and it could have been done in no time had the rain not interfered.
Three breaks of serve in the opening set saw Nishikori race into an early advantage.
The second stanza was a slightly closer affair as the players traded breaks before Nishikori broke for the second time in the set at 6-5 and so put only the third set between himself and 50 victorious matches in grand slams.
Returning on Monday to complete the decider, Nishikori continued to move well and hit the ball cleanly. At 4-3 up he broke for the sixth time in the match and then closed it out in clinical style with a strong service game.
Nishikori will now face Andrey Kuznetsov in the second round after the latter beat Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 on Sunday.
Elsewhere, on another gloomy day in Paris local spirits were lifted by Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy and Gilles Simon as they moved into the second round by beating Leonardo Mayer and Rogerio Dutra Da Silva respectively.
Dustin Brown beat Dudi Sela 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4.
Once dubbed as a player with the potential to become the next Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov’s disappointing decline continued as he slumped to a five-set defeat at the hands of Viktor Troicki.
In one of the day’s later matches, Andy Murray found himself in deep trouble against Radek Stepanek as the latter raced into a two-set advantage. However, Murray rallied well to win the third set and then break in the fourth before play was stopped for the day. The pair will return tomorrow to determine a winner.
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