Kei Nishikori
Kei Nishikori is the most successful tennis player to emerge from JapanGetty

Kei Nishikori takes on Andrey Kuznetsov in the men's singles second round clash of the French Open on 25 May.

Where to watch live

Match starts at 10am BST. Live coverage of the game is available in the UK on ITVInteractive. Click here for the live streaming link. Live scores and regular updates will be available on ATP's official website.

Overview

Kei Nishikori will look for an easier game in the second round when he faces Russian Andrey Kuznetsov on 25 May. The world number six had to not only battle his opponent Simone Bolelli but also the weather as rain interrupted play frequently.

He cruised to a 6-1, 7-5, 6-3 victory and his performance was solid if not spectacular. The Japanese star is the favourite to progress to the next round and it is highly unlikely he will falter here.

World number 40 Andrey Kuznetsov was expected to be one of the superstars of the game as a youngster, but that has not happened as yet. The 25-year-old though has shown glimpses of his talent and is currently enjoying his best year on the ATP circuit winning 19 matches so far.

He has defeated players such as Stan Wawrinka in the past and should not be taken lightly considering his obvious talents on the court.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Kei Nishikori to win: 1/14
  • Andrey Kuznetsov to win: 15/2

Head-to-head

The duo have faced each other only once in the past, way back in 2010 in the round of 32 of the Eastbourne Open. Nishikori retired due to injury, which gave the Russian the win.

French Open history

Nishikori and Kuznetsov have never faced each other in the French Open.