MONTREAL – Kei Nishikori again overcame a slow start at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday, beating Andreas Seppi in three sets to advance to the round of 16.
The world No. 11 won 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in 2 hours, 7 minutes in what was a grudge match for Nishikori — it was Seppi who eliminated him in the third round of this year’s Wimbledon.
The ninth-seeded Nishikori will face Richard Gasquet next.
“I started playing better about halfway through the match,” Nishikori said. “I thought I was perfect in the last set. It always adds to your confidence when you win a marathon like this one.”
Nishikori, who had to come from behind to get by Peter Polansky in the opening round, lost serve twice in the first set but won a test of patience in the second set, breaking Seppi at 6-5.
“I feel my game slowly but surely coming back to me,” Nishikori said. “From here on is where I have to start winning because otherwise, I can’t rack up the points.”