French Open: Kei Nishikori ends Japan's 82-year French Open wait

Paris: Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man in 82 years to reach the French Open quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili yesterday.

Kei Nishikori. Pic/AFP
Kei Nishikori. Pic/AFP 

Fifth seed Nishikori will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the semi-finals. Jiro Satoh was the last Japanese man to enjoy such a run in Paris when he went on to the semi-finals in 1931 and 1933.

Nishikori hadn't played since Wednesday after scheduled third round opponent Benjamin Becker withdrew with an injury.

Frenchman Tsonga reached the quarter-finals of the French Open for the third time with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 win over fourth seed Tomas Berdych.

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