NISHIKORI ADVANCES TO MEMPHIS QUARTERFINALS

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MEMPHIS, United States: Defending champion Kei Nishikori of Japan advanced to the quarter-finals of the $647,000 ATP US Indoor Championships on Wednesday by defeating Germany’s Benjamin Becker 6-4, 6-4. Nishikori, a top seed for the first time in an ATP event, led 4-2 in the second set but was broken in the eighth game by Becker to level the set. But the German double-faulted away a break in the ninth game and Nishikori held for the victory after 84 minutes. The 17th-ranked Japanese star denied Becker on 5-of-8 break points while winning the same amount of break chances from the German.

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