French Open 2015: Kei Nishikori ‘feeling confident’ on clay

Kei Nishikori admits that he is feeling in good shape on clay after reaching the third round of the French Open

Kei Nishikori says that he is bursting with confidence on clay after reaching the third round of the French Open in Paris.

The Japanese fifth seed beat Thomaz Bellucci 7-5 6-4 6-4 on Wednesday to progress to round three.

The win, which was Nishikori’s 33rd of the year, set up a clash with Benjamin Becker – and the 25-year-old is feeling comfortable in Paris.

“I have a lot of confidence on clay right now, so I hope I can do well here,” said Nishikori.

“But I’m feeling really well on these two matches and winning three straight sets against, you know, a tough player like Thomaz. I’m very happy to be going next round.”

Meanwhile, Stan Wawrinka booked his place in the second round with a 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-3 win over Dusan Lajovic in the French capital.

“I feel good, [it was a] good win for me,” said Wawrinka. “In general, I started well, played well.

“I had some trouble with my serve, but that’s it. I’m happy to get through one more match. It was a good level in general. That’s the most important for me.”

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