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US Open: Nishikori quells Becker fightback, advances in four sets

Kei Nishikori held off a fightback from Benjamin Becker and earned a 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over the German veteran on Tuesday to get his US Open title bid off the ground.

US Open 2016 Updated: Aug 30, 2016 23:45 IST
Kei Nishikori shakes hands with Benjamin Becker at the net after the match.
Kei Nishikori shakes hands with Benjamin Becker at the net after the match.(AFP)

Kei Nishikori held off a fightback from Benjamin Becker and earned a 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory over the German veteran on Tuesday to get his US Open title bid off the ground.

The Japanese sixth seed stormed through the first two sets but the 35-year-old Becker took control in the third before Nishikori righted the ship in time to secure a spot in the second round.

“He started playing much better so it was tough third and fourth sets but luckily I got out of the last two games,” said Nishikori. “It was a pretty good match.”

Nishikori, the US Open runner-up in 2014 to Croatia’s Marin Cilic, will next play qualifier Karen Khachanov, a 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 winner over Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano.