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Nishikori battles back to advance at Washington

AFP logoAFP 05-08-2015
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 04: Kei Nishikori of Japan plays against James Duckworth of Australia at Day 2 of the Citi Open at the Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. Mitchell Layton/Getty Images/AFP © Provided by AFP WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 04: Kei Nishikori of Japan plays against James Duckworth of Australia at Day 2 of the Citi Open at the Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. Mitchell Layton/Getty Images/AFP

Japan's fifth-ranked Kei Nishikori rallied to defeat Australian James Duckworth 6-7 (8/10), 6-1, 6-4 Tuesday and reach the third round of the ATP and WTA Washington Open. 

The 25-year-old Asian number one, playing his first match since pulling out of Wimbledon in the second round with a calf injury, fought back after dropping a tense tie-breaker to seize command of the match.

"From the second set I started playing better, less unforced errors, more aggressive," Nishikori said. "I was happy with how I played after the second set. It was my first match on hardcourt," said Nishikori. "It had been a long time since I played on hardcourt. This should be OK for the next match."

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