Brisbane, Australia (Sports Network) – Former top-10 player Gilles Simon and rising Japanese star Kei Nishikori were among Wednesday’s second-round winners at the season-opening Brisbane International tennis event, an Australian Open tune-up.
The third-seeded world No. 16 Simon got past Colombian Alejandro Falla in a pair of tiebreaks, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), while the fifth-seeded and 19th- ranked Nishikori handled former top-10 star Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-3, 6-3 on the hardcourts at Queensland Tennis Centre.
Also on Day 3, fourth-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov was ahead of veteran player Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 4-1 when the 2008 Brisbane runner-up from Finland retired because of an illness and Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, a former Aussie Open finalist, upended sixth-seeded German Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals this week. Dolgopolov was last year’s Brisbane runner- up to U.S. Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray.
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