French Open: Kei Nishikori stays under the radar for clash with France’s Jeremy Chardy

first_imgJapan’s Kei Nishikori renews acquaintance with one of the French Open’s outside courts on Thursday when he takes on local hope Jeremy Chardy in a second-round match.The eighth seed took a set to crank into gear on the same court one on Tuesday before downing Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in four sets.A quarter-finalist in Paris in 2015, Nishikori has been nursing an inflamed wrist that forced him to hand Novak Djokovic a walkover in Madrid this month, though he notched up two wins at last week’s Geneva Open.Provided the injury does not flare up again – which he admitted on Tuesday was a risk – the Japanese would expect to have the measure of Chardy.The pair is meeting for the second grand slam in a row, with Nishikori having prevailed in straight sets in the second round in Melbourne in January.In all, he holds a 5-2 record over the 74th-ranked Frenchman and has won the last four for the loss of just one set.last_img