Nishikori finds footing on clay; in semifinals in Argentina

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 18, 2017 08:19 AM
Nishikori finds footing on clay; in semifinals in Argentina
Kei Nishikori of Japan, celebrates after winning his match against Joao Sousa of Portugal, during an ATP Argentina Open tennis match, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Agustin Marcarian)
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Top-seeded Kei Nishikori is finding his footing on clay.

After struggling in his first match in the Argentina Open, the Japanese defeated No. 6 Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-4 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the outdoor clay-court event.

Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine also reached the last four.

Carreno Busta defeated fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, and Dolgopolov won over Gerald Melzer of Austria 7-5, 6-4.

Carreno Busta will face Dolgopolov in one semifinal on Saturday, while Nishikori faces either Carlos Berlocq of Argentina or Thiago Monteiro of Brazil.

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