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Tennis-Travaglia beats Nishikori to continue Italian surge

PARIS, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Stefano Travaglia continued Italy’s strong showing in the French Open men’s singles as he knocked out Japan’s Kei Nishikori in five sets in the second round on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old won 6-4 2-6 7-6(7) 4-6 6-2 to set up a dream clash with 12-times champion Rafa Nadal.

Travagalia, ranked 74th, was one of six Italian men to reach the second round, the highest number in the professional era.

Compatriot Lorenzo Sonego also made the third round after beating Alexander Bublik but Lorenzo Giustino, who beat Corentin Moutet in a six-hour epic in round one, ran out of steam in a heavy defeat by Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman.

Unseeded Nishikori, a three-times quarter-finalist at Roland Garros, came through a five-setter against Dan Evans in the opening round but could not shake off Travaglia who reached a Grand Slam third round for the first time. (Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond)