Nishikori dominates New York tennis return

Japan's Kei Nishikori has continued his smooth progress in his first ATP Tour event since August, brushing past Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 6-2 6-4 in the second round of the inaugural New York Open.

Japan's Kei Nishikori has continued his smooth comeback in his first ATP Tour event since August.

Japan's Kei Nishikori has continued his smooth comeback in his first ATP Tour event since August.

The Japanese fifth seed, who won his opening match in straight sets a day earlier, was in full control from the start and hit seven aces during Wednesday's victory.

Nishikori broke Donskoy's service twice in the opening set to pull away and then earned another crucial break with the second set tied at 2-2.

The 28-year-old won 84 per cent of his service points.

It was another positive step for Nishikori, who last August suffered a right wrist injury which forced him to miss the US Open and the 2018 Australian Open.

The former US Open finalist has since made his comeback to competition by playing in challenger events.

Also on Wednesday, No.3 seed John Isner was stunned by Moldova's Radu Albot, 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-3 in just over two hours.

Isner, who had a first-round bye, has dropped his openers in all three tournaments he has played this season, including the Australian Open.

No.4 seed Adrian Mannarino was leading Peter Gojowczyk 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 4-1 when the German was forced to retire with an injury.

Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain beat France's Jeremy Chardy 7-5 7-6 (7-5).

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