Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tsonga Sent Packing in Open Upset

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tsonga Sent Packing in Open Upset

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TENNIS: Kei Nishikori has become the first Japanese player in 80 years to reach the men's quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a hard-fought win over sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

Nishikori, the 24th seed, won the fourth-round match 2-6, 6-2, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

In a match during which both players required treatment, Nishikori maintained his concentration and composure to register his best result in a grand slam event.

The last Japanese men to reach the last eight in Australia were Ryosuki Nunoi and Jiro Satoh who reached the quarters in 1932.

Only one other Japanese man, Shuzo Matsuoka at Wimbledon in 1995, has made the quarters of a grand slam in the Open era.

Nishikori was one of two Asian men to make the fourth round a the other, Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, withdrew with an injured hip when down two-sets-to-love to Briton Andy Murray earlier yesterday.

The 22-year-old Nishikori has claimed only one title in his four years on the ATP Tour. …

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