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Teymuraz Gabashvili

Kei Nishikori makes maiden quarterfinal at rainy French Open

PARIS -- Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man in more than 80 years to reach the quarterfinals at the French Open, breezing past Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 as rain played havoc with other matches at Roland Garros on Sunday.

In a nearly flawless performance that lasted less than two hours, Nishikori broke his opponent five times and hit 40 winners to follow in the footsteps of Jiro Satoh, who made it to the semifinals twice in Paris in 1931 and 1933.

"To (reach) the quarterfinals, that's the first goal for these two weeks," said Nishikori, who disappointed with a first-round exit at the French last year but rebounded by making the U.S. Open...