Nishikori debuted with victory in Canada after five years


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Nishikori debuted with victory in Canada after five years

Thanks to the 6-4, 6-7 (5) and 6-2 victory against the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (59th), Japan’s Kei Nishikori (55th) celebrated his debut at the Canadian Masters 1000 after five years on Tuesday.

The last time that the Shimane-born, 31 years ago, had celebrated at its premiere on North American soil was in 2016, when he defeated the American Dennis Novak 6-4 and 7-5, an edition in which he agreed to the final and succumbed 3-6 and 5-7 against Serbian Novak Djokovic. Thereafter, he quickly dropped out of the competition in his three subsequent appearances: he fell to Gael Monfils in 2017, to Robin Haase in 2018 and to Richard Gasquet in 2019.

It is worth remembering that Nishikori, recent semifinalist in Washington, currently coached by Belarusian Max Minryi and American Michael Chang, and who lifted his last title in Brisbane 2019, suffered serious injuries in the last time that took him away from the fourth world rankings: in 2017 on the right wrist, in 2019 on the right elbow and in 2020 on the shoulder.

In the next instance he will face the Pole Hubert Hurkacz (13th), 24 years old and finalist of the last Wimbledon, who skipped the first round thanks to his ranking that positioned him as the seventh best seeded of the tournament.


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