• BECKER BREEZES BOOKS NISHIKORI CLASH

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    MEMPHIS, United States: Cypriot wildcard Marcos Baghdatis, Croatian Ivo Karlovic and Germany’s Benjamin Becker eased to straight-sets victories on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) to book second-round matches with seeded players at the $647,000 ATP US Indoor Championship. Becker saved all three break points that he faced in beating Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-2 and advanced to a second-round clash with defending champion and top seed Kei Nishikori of Japan. Nishikori, who like the other top-four seeds received a first-round bye, defends his Memphis crown after helping Japan beat Canada in the first round of the Davis Cup earlier this month. Baghdatis, who reached the Australian Open final in 2006, beat US qualifier Rajeev Ram 6-3, 6-4 to book a date with Australian third seed Lleyton Hewitt.

    AFP

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