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Nishikori puts friendship aside to reach third round

AFP logoAFP 20-01-2016
Japan's Kei Nishikori plays a backhand return during his men's singles match against Austin Krajicek of the US on day three of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2016. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST-- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE © Provided by AFP Japan's Kei Nishikori plays a backhand return during his men's singles match against Austin Krajicek of the US on day three of the 2016 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 20, 2016. AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST-- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE

Japanese hope Kei Nishikori put friendship on one side on Wednesday as he beat long-time practice partner Austin Krajicek to reach the Australian Open third round.

The seventh seed had to fight in the second set before winning 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 in one hour, 53 minutes on Margaret Court Arena with the roof closed after morning rain.

Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up who has yet to pass the quarter-final stage at Melbourne Park, will next play Spain's 26th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Nishikori and Krajicek grew up training together at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, and they were playing competitively for the second time after the Japanese star won in three sets in Memphis last year.

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