Nishikori rallies to beat Opelka at Dubai Championships


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Kei Nishikori got here again from a set right down to beat Reilly Opelka within the first spherical of the Dubai Championships on Sunday, whereas Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired from his match.

Nishikori received 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to arrange a second-round match with David Goffin. The Japanese participant confronted just one break level, which value him the primary set, and didn’t give Opelka an opportunity to interrupt after that.

Nishikori is making an attempt to rebuild his kind after the coronavirus pandemic and restoration from elbow surgical procedure restricted him to simply 4 tournaments in 2020.

Tsonga was 3-3 within the first set with Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri when the French participant retired. It was one other setback for Tsonga after he picked up his first tour match win since 2019 in Marseille on Tuesday following an injury-hit 2020.

Shock Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev reached the second spherical with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Egor Gerasimov after recovering from 2-0 down within the second set. Karatsev performs Dan Evans subsequent.

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