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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,US Open,Benjamin Becker
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.

First Published: Aug 30, 2016 23:42 IST