Yoshihito Nishioka advanced to the third round of the French Open with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 win over Australian Max Purcell on Thursday.

The 27th seed from Japan took just over three hours to wrap up the contest against the 68th-ranked Purcell on Day 5 of the Grand Slam at Roland Garros.

Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan plays against Max Purcell of Australia in a second-round men's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris on June 1, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo


"For my part, I was able to play the way I pictured wanting to play," said Nishioka, who went five sets in his first-round win over American JJ Wolf

"I've played a lot of tough matches, but getting through them has given me confidence."

Nishioka, who has never previously gone beyond the second round at the tournament, will face giant-killing Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild next. The world No. 172 caused a major upset by beating second seed Daniil Medvedev in the opening round.

Japan's Shuko Aoyama (R) and Ena Shibahara wave to the crowd after their women's doubles first-round win at the French Open in Paris on June 1, 2023. (Kyodo)

In women's doubles, Japanese No. 7 seeds Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara were 7-5, 6-4 winners against Russian pair Ekaterina Alexandrova and Anastasia Potapova.

Japan's Miyu Kato and Indonesian partner Aldila Sutjiadi, seeded 16th, won 6-2, 6-0 against Germany's Jule Niemeier and Caroline Dolehide of the United States.

Related coverage:

Tennis: Daniel loses to world No. 1 Alcaraz in French Open 2nd round