Nishikori and Chung doing Asia proud

Kei Nishikori

Kei Nishikori and Hyeon Chung reached the third round at Roland Garros following their respective wins on Thursday.

Nishikori needed a touch over two hours to defeat Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-0, 7-6(5) on Court 1 in Paris.

The Japanese superstar lost his opening service game but rallied to break back twice on his way to taking the opening set. The eighth seed needed just another 28 minutes to breeze through the second set, crunching 12 winners.

The French crowd finally seemed to spark Chardy to life halfway through the third set, when the Frenchman was 3-0 down. Chardy battled to get back on serve after the double break and force a tiebreaker. 

It was anyone's set at 5-5 in the tiebreaker, but Nishikori was better in the clutch moments, winning the final two points. 

The win earns him a round three clash with rising star Chung, who defeated Denis Istomin 6-1, 7-5, 6-1 earlier in the day.

The South Korean, who is into the third round in Paris for the first time in his young career, was relentless on defence, wearing down his more experienced opponent.     

Chung would drop just one service game in his impressive straight set win.

Elsewhere, former world number four Juan Martin Del Potro advanced after Nicolas Almagro withdrew wit the scores at one set all, while seventh seed Marin Cilic breezed past Konstantin Kravchuk 6-3, 6-2 ,6-2.

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