Nishikori, 3 of Top 10, Cilic, Kyrgios at ATP Tokyo; Preview
by Staff | October 1st, 2016, 2:46 pm
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RAKUTEN JAPAN OPEN
Tokyo, Japan; Surface: hard


Seeds:
Kei Nishikori, Gael Monfils, Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, David Goffin, Nick Kyrgios, Ivo Karlovic, Feliciano Lopez

Floaters: Nicolas Almagro, Benoit Paire, Taylor Fritz, Gilles Muller, Gilles Simon

Notes: The field features three of the Top 10, in addition to US Open winner Marin Cilic and the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios…Tough start for (1) Nishikori against Almagro, who beat him a few years ago in Tokyo…Additional potential tough starts for (4) Cilic vs. Paire (winner to meet Fernando Verdaso), (8) Lopez in the 2nd rd. vs. the Juan Monaco/Fritz winner, and a tired (3) Berdych against the big-serving Muller…Wildcards were awarded to Japan’s Taro Daniel, Yoshihito Nishioka and Yuichi Sugita…Pulling from the event were Stan Wawrinka and Borna Coric…Wawrinka beat Paire in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Nishikori (2014,’12) and Berdych (2008).


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