Cilic, Nishikori Win Tokyo Openers; Murray, Nadal In Action Tuesday In Beijing
by Staff | October 3rd, 2016, 2:26 pm

Former US Open finalists Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori won their opening round matches Monday in Tokyo.

Home favorite and 2-time champion Nishikori dropped the first set before cruising past lucky loser Donald Young 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

“I wasn’t hitting enough topspin, and he was playing well. He was in the mood to attack and to come in, and he made all his shots,” Nishikori said. “It’s been a while since I played singles, so I needed some time to get back into the rhythm.”

Young replaced Nicolas Almagro who withdrew from the event.

2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic also went the distance in ousting 2015 Tokyo finalist Benoit Paire 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.

“I was returning well in the first set, but he started playing better in the second set. Before the match I knew that he would be dangerous even if I went up in the score,” Cilic said.

“I was missing too many balls and not making him play in the critical situations. In the third set I went back to basics. In the second set I didn’t serve too well, so I tried to get my first serve percentage up.”

Joao Sousa, who is next for Nishikori, also advanced along with Fernando Verdasco.

Tuesday sees Gael Monfils, David Goffin and Nick Kyrgios in action.

In Beijing, The top three seeds Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic will make their debuts Tuesday. Murray meets Italian veteran Andreas Seppi.

Nadal, who won the title in 2005 and reached the final in 2013, also faces Italian opposition in Paolo Lorenzi while Raonic collides with Florian Mayer.

Dominic Thiem also tests Alexander Zverev, Richard Gasquet gets Sam Querrey and Grigor Dimitrov battles Steve Johnson.

Earlier today, Lucas Pouille, David Ferrer and Roberto Bautista Agut were winners.

WTA – [14] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs [Q] Y. Wang (CHN)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs A. Seppi (ITA)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [Q] A. Riske (USA) vs S. Zhang (CHN)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [PR] F. Mayer (GER) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)

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6 Comments for Cilic, Nishikori Win Tokyo Openers; Murray, Nadal In Action Tuesday In Beijing

AndyMira Says:

Wow!Nick passed his water bottle to a spectator who fainted[i think] in the stand and got a big applause from the crowd for his nice gesture..Well done Nick!

AndyMira Says:

Vintage Rafa out there today!Awesome!His forehand was crazy good..and his trademark passing forehand was just out of this world..Hope he can continue with this superb perfomance for the rest of the week..

Okiegal Says:

Wow, Rafa lit it up today……the Spaniard made some awesome shots……..looking like the Rafa of yesteryear!

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Van Persie Says:

Glad for Rafa. Would be nice to see him qualified for London O2.

Willow Says:

TBH Havent actually seen much Rafa tennis of late, with been away and all, so didnt know quite what to expect, it was Lorenzi and no disrespect to him, but how much can you gauge from such a match up, however nice to see Rafa looking so clinical and been in no mood to hang around ….

Willow Says:

And it would seem Andy has carried on where Rafa left off ….

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