Nishikori wins ATP Tour comeback match in New York


Kei Nishikori returned to an ATP Tour level event for the first time since last August and cruised into the second round of the inaugural New York Open with a 7-5, 6-3 win over American wild card Noah Rubin on Tuesday.

The Japanese fifth seed, fresh off winning a Challenger event in Dallas, trailed 3-0 in the first set but pulled level and then never looked back against Rubin, who was playing in front of his hometown crowd in Uniondale.

It marked the latest step forward for Nishikori, who last August suffered a severe right wrist injury that caused him to miss last year's U.S. Open and the Australian Open at the start of this season.

The former U.S. Open finalist has since eased his way back to competition by playing in Challenger events, dropping a first-round clash in Newport Beach before his triumph in Dallas.

Next up for Nishikori in the tournament that moved from Tennessee to Long Island after four decades, will be a clash against Russian Evgeny Donskoy, a 7-5, 6-1 winner over Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos.

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Go kei... Win two 250ATP then play 500 ATP next. 1000 Masters is waiting for you. Goodluck on all your matches.

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Excellent. Good to see him back, and hope that wrist is fully healed.

 1000 Masters is waiting for you.

Let's not go overboard. First thing's first.

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Lol, I know that place they're playing

Nishikori could face big-serving Isner in the following round

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Isner was knocked out, so Nishikori won't be playing him.

The two top seeds are Kevin Anderson and Sam Querrey, and they are still live as of now. 

Nishikori was seeded 5th here, but that of course is a result of his injury lay-off. I don't think the other players in the draw have ever ranked as high as Nishikori, but that is past history. But if he manages to win this tournament, it'll be a positive, promising sign for his come-back, that everyone would be pleased about (you'd think).

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fxgai: "But if he manages to win this tournament, it'll be a positive, promising sign for his come-back, that everyone would be pleased about (you'd think)."

So much for that, I guess. I notice you had to bring up his injury in case he doesn't win, and his past glory, too.

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