Kei Nishikori rallied from a set down to beat Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko in the second round of the men’s tennis singles Tuesday at the London Olympics.
Nishikori broke Davydenko’s serve early in the second set to find his groove and continued to rack up points as he chased the ball all around the court, before wrapping up a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory with a forehand return winner in a rain-delayed match at Wimbledon.
“I tried to stay patient because he is such a good baseliner,” Nishikori said. “It was difficult to play after a rain delay, but I feel good that I was able to raise my gear toward the end.”
In other second-round matches, local favorite Andy Murray defeated Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-2, 6-4. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic routed Andy Roddick of the United States 6-2, 6-1.
The drubbing was a dismal result for Roddick, whose declining fortunes in recent months have left him fending off questions about retirement.
“It’s not close to my mind right now,” the 29-year-old Roddick said. “That’s not something that I’m going to talk about.”
No. 5-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France advanced by winning the longest set in Olympic history. He beat Milos Raonic of Canada 6-3, 3-6, 25-23. The final set lasted three hours and 257 points.
Venus Williams swept two matches in less time. She won the first match on Centre Court in singles and teamed with sister Serena in doubles to win the day’s finale on remote Court 12 before an overflow crowd.