PARIS (AP) — Kei Nishikori posted his 300th win on tour on Wednesday, reaching the third round of the Paris Masters by beating Viktor Troicki 6-2, 7-5.
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 02: Kei Nishikori of Japan plays a backhand against Viktor Troicki of Serbia during the Mens Singles second round match on day three of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on November 2, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
The fifth-seeded Nishikori, who made it to the semifinals at the indoor tournament two years ago, will next face Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.
“I think it’s a great number,” Nishikori said. “This year has been pretty good.”
Nishikori has recovered well from the hip injury that forced him to retire in Tokyo last month. He reached the final in Basel last week and will be playing at the ATP finals later this month in London for the third time.
David Goffin kept alive his slim chances of joining Nishikori at the elite tournament by defeating Nicolas Mahut 7-6 (5), 6-3, but he must win the title in Paris to clinch one of the remaining two spots at the season-ending event.
Among those who can still qualify is Marin Cilic, who set up a third-round match with Goffin with a 7-6 (7), 6-2 win over Ivo Karlovic. Goffin has a 3-0 record over Cilic.
“I’m really excited and satisfied with my form, especially these past few months,” Cilic said. “It’s a battle now between me, him, (Tomas) Berdych and Tsonga. I’m just hoping to continue with my good tennis and find a good way to play him this time.”
Also, 13th-seeded Lucas Pouille rallied past Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round while Jack Sock beat sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-4. Sock hit eight aces and did not face a single break point.
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