Nishikori makes history at Wimbledon

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Kei Nishikori is the first Japanese male tennis player to reach the third round at Wimbledon in 17 years. He defeated Florent Serra from France 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday.

In 1995, Shuzo Matsuoka made it to the last 32 before losing to Pete Sampras in the quarter-finals.

Nishikori continues to make historic performance for the Japanese tennis. Earlier this year, he became the first Japanese man to reach the quarter-finals at the Australian Open in 80 years.

Go Soeda, the other Japanese player who fought for a place in the third round, lost on Thursday to Juan Martin del Potro from Argentina, 2-6, 3-6, 6-1, 4-6. Del Potro will face Kei Nishikori in the third round.

If Soeda would have won, there would have been the first time since 1937 when Japan had two male players in the third round at Wimbledon.

Tatsuma Ito, the third Japanese man in the competition, lost in the first round 6-7, 3-6, 3-6 to Polish Lukasz Kubot.