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Kyrgios, Duckworth win at Japan tennis

AAP logoAAP 4/10/2016

Nick Kyrgios momentarily lost some feeling in his fingers due to a nerve niggle on Tuesday but still managed to close out a 7-5 6-2 win over American qualifier Ryan Harrison with a massive ace to reach the second round of the Japan Open.

The Australian sixth seed took a medical timeout to have trainers look at his right arm when he complained of some minor nerve pain.

"I felt it serving yesterday in the wet, heavy conditions - the balls are a big heavier. I was never really struggling with it, but I did lose some feeling in the fingers during the match," he said.

"It turned out to be nothing really serious."

The 21-year-old, who lost in the quarter-finals at the Ariake Colosseum a year ago in his debut, will next play good friend and veteran dangerman Radek Stepanek.

The Czech, aged 37, qualified into the field - he leads the ATP in that statistic after doing it nine times this season - and won his opening match easily over Frenchman Stephane Robert, 6-2 6-1.

"He's getting on in age but he's still a threat," Kyrgios said of Stepanek. "There's not anyone who wants to have to play him.

"He's adapting his game well and can do damage on any surface - especially one like here."

Australian qualifier James Duckworth also won his opening-round match in Tokyo.

Duckworth had been locked at a set-all and leading 4-2 against eighth-seeded Feliciano Lopez, before the Spaniard was forced to retire. The young Australian eventually prevailed 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4) 4-2.

Duckworth will face Juan Monaco in the round of 16. The Argentine earlier defeated Taylor Fritz of the United States 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-5).

On a sunny day after drizzle to start the week, Belgian fifth seed David Goffin beat Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka 7-5 6-2 to advance, while Jiri Vesely put out South African Kevin Anderson 3-6 6-0 6-4.

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