ATP Wimbledon: Kei Nishikori tops Norrie. Querrey, Struff and Evans win


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ATP Wimbledon: Kei Nishikori tops Norrie. Querrey, Struff and Evans win

The 8th seed Kei Nishikori is through to the third round at Wimbledon for the seventh time in the last eight years, defeating Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 in an hour and 48 minutes. The Japanese hit 34 winners and 17 unforced errors, overcoming a slower start and leaving Norrie far behind after taking more than half of the return points.

Cameron did break Kei twice although he needed more to stay in contention, offering Nishikori 12 break points and giving serve away seven times to propel the Japanese through. The Briton made a promising start, securing a break in game six to move 4-2 up in the opener before Kei shifted into a higher gear, delivering breaks in games seven and nine and closing the set with a commanding hold at 5-4.

The second set kicked off with three straight breaks, two for Nishikori who claimed the lead he needed, barely losing a point in the last four service games to close the set 6-4 and move a set away from the finish line. Cameron had nothing more left in the tank, taking only eight points in set number three to suffer a bagel and send Kei into the last 32.

Competing at Wimbledon for the first time since 2016, Daniel Evans took down the 18th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 in two hours and 26 minutes, taming his shots nicely and welcoming almost 50 unforced errors from the Georgian.

Daniel grabbed the last four games in the first set for a 6-3 and that gave him the momentum for set number two as well, claiming it 6-2 to stay on the winning course. Trailing 5-2 in the third set, Nikoloz launched a comeback, fending off four match points in three consecutive games to level the score at 5-5 and reach a tie break that Evans clinched 7-2 to seal the deal and repeat his best result at home Major.

Steve Johnson had to dig deep against the 25th seed Alex de Minaur, prevailing 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and 21 minutes, in the encounter with only five breaks of serve. In the decider, the young Aussie had the opportunity to move in front after being more dangerous in the return games but it wasn't to be for him, wasting two break points and suffering a break at 3-4 to push Steve over the top despite winning one point more than the American.

John Millman needed two hours and seven minutes to dismiss Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-2, 6-1, playing more balanced tennis on both serve and return to experience one break and deliver seven that kept him safe all the time. Jan-Lennard Struff took down Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 7-5 in two hours and 15 minutes of high-quality tennis.

Two great servers had more than 100 winners and played against only six break points. The German converted all three he earned and stood strong in his games to prevail and hit the third round for the second straight year.

A former semi-finalist Sam Querrey had a great day at the office, ousting Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 after 55 winners and 17 unforced errors! Andrey squandered all five break points and lost 45% of the points in his games, allowing Sam to break him five times and sail into the third round.