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Nishikori sets up Ferrer showdown at Madrid Open

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Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori advanced to the last 16 of the Madrid Open on Wednesday after defeating Argentine Diego Schwartzman.

Playing in his first tournament since the quarterfinals in Miami, Nishikori needed two hours to defeat Schwartzman 1-6, 6-0, 6-4.

Despite forfeiting the first set with signs of wrist pain, Nishikori made a good comeback and eventually won the match after dominating the second and the third set, and even had three chances to end the match in the eighth game of the third set.

The Japanese will now take on world no. 40 David Ferrer on Thursday, after the Spaniard booked a free ticket to the last 16 earlier in the day following the withdrawal of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Tsonga, who reached the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open in 2013, said he felt a pain last week while training and then again at the end of the match against Andrey Kuznetsov. He acknowledged that he does not want to take risks because there are other tennis tournaments in the coming weeks, most notably the French Open.