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Nishikori wins in ATP Tour return at NY Open

2018-02-14 07:08
Kei Nishikori (Getty)

New York - Kei Nishikori of Japan made a winning return to the ATP Tour, beating American Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3 on Tuesday night in the first round of the New York Open. 

The No 5 seed missed the end of last season and the beginning of this one with a right wrist injury and hadn't played on the main tour since last August in Montreal. He recently played two challenger-level events and his ranking has dropped 27th after he was in the top five early in 2017. 

Nishikori was a four-time champion of the Memphis Open, which moved to Long Island this year after four decades in Tennessee. He advanced to face Russia's Evgeny Donskoy, who beat Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 7-5, 6-1. 

No 7 Steve Johnson of the US was upset by Spain's Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7). Also, France's Jeremy Chardy edged Stefano Travaglia of Italy 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4; Russian Mikhail Youzhny outlasted Matthew Ebden of Australia 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Radu Albot of Moldova beat American Bjorn Fratangelo 6-4, 6-3; and Peter Gojowczyk of Germany downed Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-4, 6-2.

Results at the ATP Tour's New York Open on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):

1st round

Radu Albot (MDA) bt Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 6-4, 6-3

Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) bt Vctor Estrella (DOM) 7-5, 6-1

Adrin Menndez (ESP) bt Steve Johnson (USA/N.7) 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9/7)

Jrmy Chardy (FRA) bt Stefano Travaglia (ITA) 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4

Peter Gojowczyk (GER) bt Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 6-4, 6-2

Kei Nishikori (JPN x5) bt Noah Rubin (USA) 7-5, 6-3

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Matthew Ebden (AUS) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Ernesto Escobedo (USA) bt Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5)

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