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Kei Nishikori wins in ATP Tour return at New York Open

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Kei Nishikori of Japan made a profitable go back to the ATP Excursion, beating American Noah Rubin 7-Five, 6-Three on Tuesday evening within the first around of the New York Open.

The No. Five seed neglected the top of ultimate season and the start of this one with a proper wrist damage and hadn’t performed at the major excursion since ultimate August in Montreal. He just lately performed two challenger-level occasions and his rating has dropped to 27th after he was once within the peak 5 early in 2017.

Nishikori was once a four-time champion of the Memphis Open, which moved to Lengthy Island this yr after 4 many years in Tennessee. He complicated to stand Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy, who beat Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 7-Five, 6-1.

Within the ultimate fit, Ernesto Escobedo got here again to triumph over fellow American Mackenzie McDonald Four-6, 6-Three, 7-6 (Five) in just about two hours. He complicated to stand top-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, the U.S. Open runner-up who had a first-round bye.

No. 7 Steve Johnson of the U.S. was once disenchanted by means of Spain’s Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 1-6, 6-Three, 7-6 (7). Additionally, France’s Jeremy Chardy edged Stefano Travaglia of Italy Four-6, 7-6 (1), 6-Four; Russian Mikhail Youzhny outlasted Matthew Ebden of Australia Three-6, 6-Three, 6-Four; Radu Albot of Moldova beat American Bjorn Fratangelo 6-Four, 6-Three; and Peter Gojowczyk of Germany downed Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-Four, 6-2.

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