May 31, 2015 / 4:01 PM / 3 years ago

Tennis-Nishikori hurries past Gabashvili into quarter-finals

PARIS, May 31 (Reuters) - Japan’s Kei Nishikori blazed into the quarter-finals of the French Open with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 defeat of unseeded Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili on Sunday.

The fifth seed had not struck a ball in anger since Wednesday’s second round after his next opponent Benjamin Becker of Germany pulled out injured.

But the U.S. Open runner-up looked in a hurry to get his challenge moving again, playing razor-sharp tennis in damp and heavy conditions to outclass a gritty Gabashvili.

Nishikori has reached the French Open quarter-finals for the first time and will play either Czech fourth seed Tomas Berdych or Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Toby Davis)

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