Defending champion Kei Nishikori survives a scare in Memphis



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Defending champion Kei Nishikori survives a scare in Memphis

Tennis: The top seed and two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori survived a scare in his first match at the Memphis Open, as he came back from one set down to beat Ryan Harris 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The World No.5 had got a bye in the first round and had a 10 match winning streak at the tournament, but he took some in adjusting to the conditions, as he is playing his first tournament since the Australian Open.

The American qualifier was in hot form in the first set as he did not face a break point and one break was enough to give him the first set 6-3, but then Nishikori improved and got control of the match as he won next two sets convincingly.

The other American qualifier Austin Krajicek caused an upset as he stunned the fifth seed Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4. Karlovic served 32 aces and 9 double faults in the match. In an all American clash, Sam Querrey eased past the 18-year-old wildcard Jared Donaldson 6-4, 6-1. Also Read: Ivo Karlovic and Bernard Tomic advance into the second round in Memphis