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3-time champ Nishikori wins in Memphis

Kei Nishikori of Japan returns the ball against Ryan Harrison during the third day of the Memphis Open tennis tournament in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Top-seeded Kei Nishikori opened his bid for a fourth straight Memphis Open title with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over American Ryan Harrison on Wednesday night.

Nishikori was cruising through the second set up a break at 5-3. Harrison held serve, then broke the Japanese player in the lengthy 10th game. The American saved four match points before Nishikori hit a backhand into the net, giving Harrison his break and tying the set at 5-all.

Nishikori, the world's seventh-ranked player, broke back in the next game and then served out the match to move to the third round, where he'll face Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, who upset fifth-seeded Denis Kudla 6-1, 7-5 earlier Wednesday.


2016 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 16,790
2 A. Murray 8,945
3 R. Federer 8,795
4 S. Wawrinka 6,325
5 R. Nadal 4,880
6 D. Ferrer 4,325
7 K. Nishikori 4,235
8 T. Berdych 4,200
9 J. Tsonga 2,905
10 R. Gasquet 2,760
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2016 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 S. Williams 9,245
2 A. Kerber 5,700
3 S. Halep 5,545
4 A. Radwanska 5,210
5 G. Muguruza 4,991
6 M. Sharapova 3,672
7 F. Pennetta 3,611
8 C. Suarez Navarro 3,595
9 P. Kvitova 3,582
10 L. Safarova 3,580
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