Nishikori battles into round two at Halle


HALLE, Germany: Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori is into the second round at the grasscourt Halle Open after battling past Austria’s Dominic Thiem 7-6, 7-5. He faces German wild card Dustin Brown in round two. Elsewhere at Halle, seventh seed Bernard Tomic was dumped out after losing in straight sets to American Steve Johnson. Australia’s Tomic, who’s won two ATP Tour titles, went down 6-3, 7-6(7/4).



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