Paris: Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man in 75 years to reach the French Open's fourth round, doing so with a victory where his opponent was docked a point for being coached.
The 13th-seeded Nishikori beat No. 24 Benoit Paire of France 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1 Saturday.
Paire had a set point while leading 5-4 in the second and Nishikori serving at 30-40. But Paire was given a point penalty by chair umpire Enric Molina for coaching, which is not allowed at Grand Slam tournaments.
The 13th-seeded Nishikori beat No. 24 Benoit Paire of France 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday.
Paire wound up winning that set, anway, but was broken in the last game of the third when he missed a drop shot. Japan's Fumiteru Nakano lost in the fourth round in Paris in 1938.